Tanner, was in Florida this past week and it was too cold so we couldn’t go outside, perfect timing right? I was going crazy and Braven was bored. So I decided to let him make a mess even though I was dreading the whole cleaning up aspect.
I whipped up this super quick cool whip paint. I just dyed it with some gel food coloring and Braven had a blast. It was adorable watching him spreading it all around. We also worked on our colors and the “magic” that happened when he mixed the two together (spoiler: it made GREEN!)
One reason I love the idea of coolwhip painting opposed to just using regular paint is because he can have a taste (or two) and it’s perfectly okay! Since he is only 16 months I prefer most of our sensory activities to be edible in some way. He is learning to not put everything in his mouth but still has a way to go before he isn’t doing it near as much.
It is definitely one of those activities you have to grit your teeth at and just enjoy the cuteness. I know it looks like a nightmare to clean up but it really wasn’t that bad at all! Next time I plan to actually do this activity in the bathtub so the cleanup is even easier! After we did this Braven was a much happier guy the rest of the day and I felt much better as well. Sometimes just knowing that he got to experience something that is fun and different simmers down the “mom guilt” that I always try and keep our of my life!
I know y’all may be thinking I’m crazy doing something THIS messy but I promise it really was worth it. Just seeing him engage in something and NOT being right at my feet was a total win for me!
Can y’all believe January is ALMOST over? I feel like it just started but there are only two days left. It’s a little crazy to me how fast time flies now, like it’s nuts to me that today I officially have a 15 month old! WHA??? How did that happen? Where’d my itty bitty go?(seriously though, how cute was little B?)
Anyways, I am accepting that my boy is getting bigger and honestly I’m really loving watching all of the new things he’s learning. (I am NOT loving the tantrums however!) I have noticed that since it’s chilly out though I feel like the TV has been on a little bit too much and I feel like he’s been so bored? Anyone else? I mean who would have known that at 15 month old can get bored but I’m tellin ya.
So I scrambled around trying to find SOMETHING I could put together for him that would engage him that we actually had in the house. To backtrack a bit we just recently moved and a lot of things are still in boxes so I was pretty limited.
Then it was right there, a perfectly good paper towel tube! I taped that thing to the wall and my child played with it. He LOVED it. How much easier can it get than that? He started out putting craft pompoms down it but quickly switched to his goldfish and eventually he was trying to stuff anything down it that would fit. He consistently played with this for 10-15 minutes. After that he would wander off but he kept going back to it. For pretty much no work I count that as a total WIN! If you wanted to get really fancy you could even use this for a color sorting activity by painting the tubes the colors of the objects that you’ll be using. I plan to do that sometime in the near future but I don’t know if he will get that concept just yet.
When I posted this to facebook and instagram I had quite a few people give it a shot and even said their older kids joined in on the fun! I am sure this could easily be made more complex with multiple tubes for the older kids and they would have a blast.
So next time you are at a loss and are feeling a touch of mommy guilt because the TV has been on a little more than you’d like to admit (we’ve all been there), you have a FUN and EASY activity that is sure to please!