If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

Oliver’s appetite for chalk is abundant.

For a couple more weeks, Eleanor is at camp in the mornings so Oliver and I have some time to ourselves while Martha is napping.  Admittedly I take advantage of the kidlet lull to take care of some chores around the house, projects, and other sundry jobs while Oliver points at things for me to name.

But I  attempt to have an activity for my non-verbal middle child at least once a morning; his attention span is somewhere shy of 6 minutes, so he can cover a lot of territory.

Trucks get a lot of screen time in our house.

Of course there’s the baby pool.

And just exploring whatever is lying around.

Given Oliver’s palate, I decided to set up some chalk painting.  It’s all over Pinterest and probably the easiest way to feel like a wildly crafty and accomplished parent without really extending yourself too much! Oh, and kids love it so that’s something too.

I’ve used individual containers in the past, but I like the muffin tin as it’s much harder for an impulsive toddler to tip over.  Simply mix 1 part cornstarch to 2 parts water and add food coloring to make whatever colors you like.  (Don’t you just love cornstarch?!)

We had a bunch of those foam brushes on hand so I used those, but anything will work!

Take a moment to fawn over that fat adorable little foot/ hand combo!

Oliver had a blast for 5 minutes and then he got distracted by a squirrel or a doorstop or something.  He seemed to be into all the colors and REALLY liked watching me draw a truck, a car and an airplane.

The best part?  He only ate like two bites!  I could totally have done this project in the city, but obviously the suburbs are greasing my crafty wheels.

Again with the “cheese.” The boy can’t be stopped.

xo

Charlotte

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One thought on “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

  1. Love it. Wish there was cornstarch around here. One of those things I miss more than I thought I would. And Gio was thrilled with the baby pool photo: “Hey, Mamma, that boy is wearing my shirt!”. Don’t you love Boden?

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