Saturday morning Johnny told us “I want to paint” and his little sister got excited and said “I want art!” So we decided to have a painting fest knowing full well that painting would help give Johnny the sensory feedback he is craving and let him be creative at the same time. It began with both of my children requesting specific colours and dabbing and swosshing it around. Johnny would mix colours and then as we expected want to get his hands into to the paint and squish it and then begin putting some strokes on the paper and then paint the inside of his hand. We gave him some extra paper to do make prints of his hand then. Sometimes you realize that its better to just go with it 🙂
We were not expecting that Johnny would suddenly switch gears and move away from his abstract painting with vivid colours to wanting to paint trees. He asked for brown and green and just wanted a hint at how to proceed and then there was his first tree. He was so happy! Before we knew it he was requesting more green and brown paint and making “my forest.”
In the evening after a long day playing outside, Johnny wanted to pull out his paints and make “another forest” but it was near bedtime so I promised that in the morning after breakfast he could paint again. He said he wanted it to be morning then. Sigh.
So I compromised and realized we were heading for a loop of him asking to paint and I suggested using his drawing app on the iPad.
In the morning Johnny was so excited to paint again and right away he wanted to paint another forest of trees. You never know when a developmental milestone is going to happen but what a treat when it does:)