I don’t really have the patience to spend half a day painting with my toddler and then the other half cleaning up the mess. I LOVE him, I absolutely LOVE him, but I just don’t. 😬🤷♀️ Especially when we’ve got some last-min plans pop up to head to his favorite trampoline park to meet some friends! Ha! Buuuuut, I also don’t want to stifle his desire to be creative and do crafts. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Soooooo…my go-to method??
A Tupperware bin designated to each craft (painting, stamps, stickers, stencils, etc) that is fully stocked and ready to go, and easily accessible too!
So this one, which is for painting, has the following:
- his 2 painting smocks
- various sizes and types of paint brushes
- and a little plastic pallet
And while mom was getting herself ready to walk out the door, my lil toddler man was down the hall locked into his (very stable) high chair with paints, paper, and a smock. 🙂 And we were both happy as a clam!!!! 🙂
Now, I’ve painted with him a bunch up until this point, so I know that he doesn’t put any paint in his mouth or do anything else that I should worry about, so use your discretion for your own situation, but I tell ya, this is the best!
He gets his time. I get my time. There is hardly ANY mess to clean up, since he and the paints are “contained” (ha! nothing’s ever truly contained with toddlers, buuuuut), yea, it seems to work for us – really really well! And then we’re out the door in a flash and on to the next activity! And mom got to get ready in peace – so I’m feeling great and relaxed – and my toddler got some healthy creative time in there, as opposed to the popular alternative of sticking them in front of the tv….
I’ve added the links for the IKEA smocks I swear by, as well as the sturdy high chair we love, in the Shop! Check them out!
And let me know what you guys think below! Any other similar tricks you’ve used…?
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