Recently, I got some finger paints for Emerson to try out some new arts and craft activities with her. She enjoys coloring with crayons and likes playing with sidewalk chalk, but mostly now just likes to carry little nuggets of the sidewalk chalk around like rocks, etc. - you see that this is becoming a theme. So before bath one night, I stripped her down to her very wet diaper that needed to be changed but I didn't want to waste a diaper change since she was about to get in the bath diaper and we headed outside to avoid too much of a mess inside.
She wasn't sure how she felt about using her fingers at first, so she just helped me get it set up and then enjoyed dipping the paintbrushes in. It's amazing how intrinsically kids figure out how to do things; but it also reminds me to appreciate and be so thankful for how intrinisically she figures out how to do so many things because I work with so many children who can't and don't.
Once she had painted a little with the brush, she let me paint her hands and then made handprints and kept painting with her hands for awhile. Once she was finished, she was covered in paint from head to toe and was ready to get in the bath. Lessons learned during this art project: finger paints do come off of cement sidewalks with a simple spray of the hose; Emerson is a great artist; and most of all, I am going to have a hard time not hanging up every single thing that she brings home from preschool.