The topic of the week in an Open-Ended Art weekly event is Mosaic with Pebbles. My idea was pretty straightforward – find some pebbles, paint them and then stick them in the sandbox for an easily repositionable semi-mosaic. The first two parts of the plan went swimmingly well. Anna was pretty excited about the trip around the block in search of small light pebbles. She also collected some other stones on the way that we might use for something else one day. Eventually we found a place where we can get a lot of those small pebbles if we want to repeat the project, so we won’t need to canvass the whole neighborhood in the future.
We brought them home on Monday, and on Tuesday we washed them (Anna was kind of lukewarm on this part) and painted them. Anna wanted to use markers first, but immediately agreed to paint once I told her that we will be painting outside and she can even fingerpaint. Surprisingly, she ended up using her brushes most of the time. I was the one doing most fingerpainting :)
After the pebbles dried off, I suggested making a shape out of the rocks in the sand. Anna looked at me as if I just descended from Mars and said, No, I want to make soup for kitty! And that’s what those rocks turned out to be - a very exciting playfood. It doesn’t get more open-ended than that.