Over the Christmas holidays I spotted a magnetic canvas frame. I hadn’t seen one before and thought it would make Adam’s painting multi-purpose. It was the perfect size to have his name on – an advantage of having a short name.
I used masking tape to write Adam’s name on the canvas. I knew that Adam would be able to paint all over the canvas and once the paint dried I could peel away the masking tape leaving his name visible. I put a selection of small quantities of acrylic paint on an old plate and Adam had access to which colour he wanted.
I did attempt to put an apron on Adam but he hated it and it didn’t cover much of him so I resorted to an older pair of pyjamas instead. Adam loved using the small paintbrushes from Early Learning Centre. With the handle designed for toddlers Adam was able to get a good grip. I had expected him to focus on one colour and that I would have to prompt him to change colours, however, after a few brush strokes of one colour he would swap to another colour.
He naturally went to paint towards the half of the canvas closest to him so occasionally I would rotate the canvas. Surprisingly Adam didn’t mind getting the paint on his hands! He painted for 30 minutes and had covered a majority of the canvas. We decided to wait another day to complete his masterpiece.
To be continued…see Day 55
* Canvas frame – we used a magnetic one but that is optional
* Masking tape
* Acrylic paints
* Paint brushes
* Old plate
Adam was 19 months old.
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