Today during outdoor time, we were exploring a friend’s yard, pulling up rocks to look for bugs (we found a ton of beetles), and we found a newt! It was a really calm newt and let the girls hold it and walked up their arms for about half an hour before we decided that he would not be much longer for this world if we didn’t put him back. It was a really amazing experience to have had. Only spending time outdoors will give you that! That’s one unstructured outdoor time story. Its really just as important as the structured stuff that I show here.
But, this post is actually about painting our patio with my nephew, the girls’ cousin, Drew. This was a really fun activity and would have been an even bigger hit if it hadn’t been 95 degrees out and all the places for painting in the sun. We may have to do it again soon. I got this idea from Pink and Green Mama (love that blog!) and we had a blast with it.
Then I set the kiddos loose with brushes, their own palettes (because sharing is just sometimes too hard!), and a bucket of water to rinse in. They painted the bricks on the patio, then started to experiment with mixing colors, and then painting with their hands (yes, even Drew who hates to get his hands dirty). I think that we’ll try this again soon, but maybe in the driveway in the morning when there’s shade and on the blacktop where the paint might show up even better. I didn’t really get any pictures of the finished product, but it ends up in really nice bright pastel colors when it is dry.