A few weeks ago, I won a 3-D Glitter Paint Art Kit. I thought it was the coooooolest thing ever because we would be able to make our own WINDOW CLINGS!!!
And it is a cool kit … if you’re between the ages of 6-96.
(that’s the age range given on the box)
And if you’re meticulous about coloring in the lines.
If you’re 4 or (nearly) 2 . . . with no ability to color in the lines or a developing ability to do so . . . it’s the messiest, most frustrating project ever.
(for Mommy, anyway; 4 and 2 year olds will have mucho fun with pouring out paint)
Messy. Messy. Messy.
There was acrylic paint on my table, in my hair, and all over my children. And, did I mention that it stains? Even skin?
And, in the clean-up process (when, out of frustration at the sight of Mr. Boy taking another tube of paint and dumping it all over his cardboard, I stopped the project sooner rather than later), I managed to hit my leg so hard with the trash can . . . I had an indention across my shin for several hours.
Who does that?
After the pregnant crazy woman in me calmed down, I realized two things.
(1) Not coloring in the lines? It’s ok . . .and results in a cool Coral Garden window cling.
(2) And, dumping out paint and smearing it with your hands and FACE?
Why . . . you have something that looks like Hobo Art.
And Hobo Art is cool.
p.s. Maybe I learned something else too: Mommy needs to RELAX during craft time. The memory and experience of those moments are more important than a pristine, finished project.