Ernie pulled out her princess dolls yesterday, and I remembered that Miss Ariel had a shocking lack of upper-swimsuit. Time for Mama's Big Box of Paint!
Ernie picked a color, and I painted a top on our under-dressed heroine. Ernie wanted shorts on her, too, because every one knows that we ALWAYS wear shorts with swimsuits. So now, our tiniest mermaid has a full-on unitard!
After I finished painting, I started spreading the leftover paint around the paper plate I use to hold my colors, and Ernie wanted to finish for me. Then she wanted another color. Then another. Before I realized it, my four-year-old was painting with a REAL brush, using REAL acrylic paints...and you know what, nothing bad happened!
After the plate was full, she moved on to painting a page from her watercolor painting book, and that DID get a little messy, but only because she wanted to paint to the very bottom edge of the paper and ended up sticking her wrist to the paint 10 or 15 times. But acrylic washes up with water when it's wet, Ernie had a blast, and I had 15 minutes to get dinner started. (Recipe to follow- I can't believe I haven't shared this with you guys!)