This quote has got me thinking: "Creativity is contagious. Pass it on!" ― Albert Einstein
She timidly asked me for second piece of paper. I smile at her as she worked on her painting. After she finished, I noticed her continually glimpsing over at the stack of paper again. “Do you want to do another painting?” I asked. She jumped on the opportunity. I reassured her that she was welcome to use as much of the recycled office paper as she wished. Her face lit up.
She told me at her house her mom wouldn’t let her waste paper on painting.
[ hold my heart ]
Our little neighbor friend has since moved on, but this short conversation still sticks with me.
This summer our family decided to offer a community art easel to the neighborhood. Whenever we’re outside playing we drag it out into the grass and welcome kids from the neighborhood to stop by and CREATE.
The paint seems to call to the children. When one child begins to paint, inevitably another comes to watch.
This caught me pleasantly by surprise.
While I was chatting with my sister-in-law the girls’ 15-year-old cousin knelt down to the easel and started to draw.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
― Pablo Picasso
Try setting your easel out in the yard. See if this play prompt entices your child’s natural sense of curiosity. The best part of this experiment?!? Easy clean-up!
Keep on painting,
P.S. You can find me over at Melissa & Doug’s Playtime Press sharing five additional Community Invitations to Play today. My favorite thing about our Melissa & Doug easel (showcased above) is that one side is a chalk board and the other side is a white board. This of course allows for two kids to create at once.
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