toddler-paintingPainting…full of messy goodness. At least I think so. Sicily on the other hand had a different opinion. When she was 3 months old, we did our first “painting” experience. As a new mom, I was afraid to let Sicily touch the paint at such a young age, so we finger painted in a bag. She looked at me with those wide eyes like I had 3 heads. Sicily is not easily amused.


Fast forward 13 months and Sicily is now 16 months. I decided to try painting again, but again with all the messy goodness. We made edible paint using this recipe. It was simple to make, and it easily washed up too. I placed the paints in a muffin tin and sat it on the table with paint brushes and paper.

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Not doing more painting activities sooner is one of my biggest regrets with Sicily. She was not thrilled with this painting experience either. I showed her how to paint a few lines on her paper, but she refused. She took the paint brush and painted a few rocks. Then that was it. She walked away, never to return to this activity again. I need to start offering her painting experiences more often and hope one day she will learn to love it…mess and all!


At the time, I had another little boy that I was watching. He, on the other hand, LOVED the painting activity. He made a huge mess. This is what the muffin tin looked like after he was finished.

paintingHappy Painting!




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