This week I dusted off the box of painting supplies. I though Ernest and my little mindee might enjoy a little messy play.
They both did!
India and Eden always loved to paint, Angus and Sid were never interested, and so our box of paints had been abandoned for some time. I was quite surprised to recognise so many brushes and aprons that must be 16 years old.
Dressing Ernest in the yellow apron reminded me of this photo of Eden, at about the same age, showing off her mornings work.
I love the way small children enjoy the process of creating with paint,revelling in the delight of brush, or sponge or finger gliding (or sploshing!) paint onto the paper.
Something that's often lost far too early, and something I think adults should all have a go at.
The other thing I love about painting with toddlers is that cleaning up is usually fun too, especialy if it involves a sink full of bubbly water.
This photo is of India, also about the same age as Ernest is now, washing her paint pots at the kitchen sink, with a little visitor looking on.