I'm a firm believer that kids should do hands on art projects starting at an early age. There is a sense of wonder and excitement when toddlers and preschoolers are given the freedom to experiment with colors or textures. Paint, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, glitter, stickers, ribbons. The possibilities are limitless. So is the mess. But there is learning going on with all that experimenting, and overall a sense of joy and happiness that far out shadows the mess in my book. My little Miss H has always loved art time. Given the opportunity to choose an art project her favorite has always been painting, and while she know how to use the brush she will still happily ditch it to get her fingers in on the action and feel the colors slip and slide along her paper and she mixes the colors and comes up with a new masterpiece. She has so much pride in her creations and loves sharing it with others. Isn't that what art is really all about? Loving what you do and the joy of sharing it with others?
Well, a few months ago my husband moved offices at work and ended up being able to enjoy the large black and white picture of a wave in the new office that had served as the art piece over our kitchen table. Finding ourselves in need of new art, I turned to our little Picasso in training. I also wanted to capture the process of the painting, snapping pictures of the little artist at work.
I bought the frames from IKEA, $10 each for the two side ones and $15 each for the ones with the paintings in them. So for $50 and a lot of fun for my little one I have a bright and cheery display. Of coarse, you can always use frames you already have around the house, or cheap ones at garage sales. You can even exchange new paintings and masterpieces in the frames to coordinate with seasons, holidays, etc.