Annelie is a huge mess-lover as well, and especially loves squirting paint onto paper, so lately there has been much finger painting going on in the Hopkins house.
To keep things interesting, I love to put on music and have Annelie paint along - sometimes playing funky, jazzy songs and having her paint with the colors the music puts in her head (which is an activity I used to have my art students do when I taught 4th - 5th grade art enrichment programs back in my college days), but as that is difficult for my four-year-old sometimes, I like to play songs and have her paint images to go with the words.
Lukey's Boat is a song originating in Newfoundland (I like this one by Great Big Sea), with sea shanty roots and is perfect for preschoolers to paint along to. Or at least it's perfect for Annelie to paint along to, as she currently has a thing for sea shanties - probably stemming from my rollicking rendition of What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor, which I find myself singing when I'm doing housework (especially when I'm doing housework with a glass of wine in hand).
Listening to Lukey's Boat while painting leads to some very cute green boat painting.
And even I can't help but join in the green boat-painting fun.
How about you? Are you a finger-painting fool like us?
And all you moms with young kiddos - have you put on music to paint to while your kiddo's fingers get nice and ooey-gooey? If you haven't, give it a try! It's always good for getting those creative juices flowing, and keeping the awful, creativity crippling "but I don't know what to paint!" thoughts from creeping into their heads!