Wednesday, July 8, 2009

One of my favorite blogs - Teaching My Little Bookworm has just started a new weekly collection - Open-Ended Art project. She explained to dummies like myself what an open-ended art here. This week's theme was puffy paint. I have never heard of puffy paint before I stumbled on the recipe a few weeks ago. I thought that it looks pretty fascinating and that my daughter will probably enjoy making it. I used a simple recipe - equal portions of water, flour and salt mixed with a few drops of food coloring. Anna loved making it with me. Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera handy, so I didn't capture either the making of it or the painting with it. However, the funny dialog ensued (by the way, Anna is 32 months old now).

Anna: What should I make?
Me: You should make whatever you want to make.
Anna: I want to make what you choose.
Me: I don't want to choose for you today. It's your project.

Eventually her desire to try the new paint prevailed, and she painted this:
Anna didn't volunteer any information about the painting, and, as instructed, I didn't ask. It looks pretty enough to me, and it wasn't a messy or long project, since I just used paintbrushes as painting instruments.


Orange Juice said...

love the way you set up your blog!!!

Susana said...

I like the colors of your puffy paint. Cute conversation too:-)!

Teaching My Little BookWorm said...

I love her painting! :) its great! love the conversation that is great! :) great post!!! we are going to do another one today with paintbrushes! thanks for the inspiration!

The Harris Family said...

cute painting and what a great conversations. puffy paint sounds like a lot of fun...we are going to have to try it soon.

Eva said...

ooo I think I'll have to try this!

Michelle said...

Could you have said "Tell me about your picture" instead of asking what it is? (wondering) I think the goal is for them to find value in whatever they created even if we don't know what it is, right?

I love open ended art - nice to have a name for all that art stuff we do without Mommy telling them what to do. :-)