The other day was a new arts and cracks kind of day. I was feeling more ambitious than usual so I planned on doing something a little messier.
As I put on Abigail's smock I realized that Ethan still doesn't have one, next project for me, so he got to wear one of my old t-shirts clipped in the back as a temporary smock.
A long time ago I read about how kindergarden teachers put shaving cream all over their tables and let the kids practice letters and such by drawing in the cream.
I thought this would be a great experience for my kids too. Something fun to paint in that isn't necessarily paint.
But during the experience I realized just why I don't hear about this on toddler activity sites. It is much more a kindergartner activity, or do kindergartners willingly eat globs of shaving cream?
Meanwhile I was encouraged that Abigail didn't actually eat any but getting her hands super covered was interesting for her. We did practice shapes, some numbers and a few letters but pictures were just the main play for the day.
Sometimes with the set up, play (that really rarely lasts as long as the work does) and then faced with the clean up I wonder if arts and cracks beyond our daily stickers and crayons are worth it.
But then I look at the kids, see how happy they are, hear them talk about it and realize that yes it is. Maybe not worth doing daily, but something fun to keep us going. Kind of like the lingering smell of shaving cream in the house.