Thursday, January 31, 2013

Painting with Harps

Harper wasn’t in the mood to play with the toys he’s been playing with lately, so I thought it’d be a good day to pull out some paints. I remembered an old spin art toy of Landon’s that I’ve been saving, so we gave it a try.

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That little thing is probably at least 8 or 9 years old. I was really surprised when Harper flipped the switch and it came on! I thought for sure the battery would be dead, but lo and behold, he moved that switch and it started spinning.

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There was even some paint left in the small bottles. Bottles I’ve filled hundreds of times…the paint was a little runny, but we shook it up and poured away.

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Harper enjoyed adding the paint and turning the switch on and off. I think he may have actually enjoyed turning it on and off more that anything else.

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We made 4 or 5 of these papers and then he wanted to paint with his paint brushes. Since Dakota was taking a rather long morning nap, I happily obliged.

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I put 5 colors on a paper plate and gave him 5 brushes to use. He chose one brush and all five colors all at the same time. I had to bite my tongue.

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I painted him a heart on the left page. He made it better. I painted him a big orange rectangle at the top of the right page. He also made that better.

He seemed to enjoy this today more than usual. Maybe it’s his age, I don’t know. Before he’d only paint for 5 or 6 seconds and then jump down telling me he was done, but today I think it last about 10 or 15 minutes. I sure hope he starts to enjoy doing artsy stuff with me because I’ve got all kinds of ideas! :)

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