Wednesday 18 April 2012

Rainbow window painting

(Goblin is 30 months)
I had been photographing stuff by the window using the flip chart as a white background. Goblin saw the paper and wanted to do some painting. I laid the mat out in the middle of the room where we usually paint but he insisted he wanted to stay by the window. So I brought the mat to the window.
 He did some lovely tractor tyre painting - his favourite painting accoutrement at the moment.
But then he started painting on the window. I was going to tell him to stop, but I try to live the mantra "Say 'Yes' to your child as often as possible". Unless I think that Goblin is about to skewer himself on something spiky I try and say Yes when ever I can - even when that means a bit more cleaning up for me.
I know that some of my friends think I am barking mad when I let Goblin run through a muddy puddle and cake his shoes in gooey mud just before we get in the car. But the joy that he gets from that little bit of extra freedom is priceless. If you have time you should check out The Mommies Made Me Do It. She has a fantastic "Yes album" which shows pictures of all the things she has allowed her son to do when her first instinct was to say 'No' and she caught herself quick enough and switched it to Yes. She describes herself as "a recovering "No!" Mom with Helicopter tendencies". I love it.
I'm so glad I didn't stop him because look how beautiful the painting turned out to be. He's using a ridged roller and it made the painting look like a rainbow.
As always Goblin decided that it wasn't enough to use the brushes, tractor and roller. He also used his hands and feet. And in the photo below it looks like he may have used his mouth!

 I'm linking this to
Fun Stuff Fridays


  1. Very cute!I love window painting and so wonderful that you allowed him to explore what he really wanted to do! I fear if i allowed the twins to do that inside though i may end up with the walls painted as well!

    1. yeah i wouldn't want to try this with more than one. It must be much harder to be able to say yes when you have two to look out for. I'm a twin and my mum admits that a lot of our toddler years were spent strapped to our high chairs!

  2. hahaha, LOVE!!!! And yep, that is an awesome window painting... what an artist he is!!

  3. Good for you for saying "yes." That is something I need to remind myself to do more often. It is easy for me to get caught up in the oh-no!-more-work-for-me mode.

  4. He looks like he's having so much fun! I need to do the tractor painting sometime, I know that my son has done it at nursery with trains and loved it.

  5. Nice! I've been wanting to propose that to my little long hair guy too, what kind of paint were you using? How was wash up?

  6. I love this approach to art - totally letting in evolve! I wish that we had some windows that were similar - our old house doesn't even have one biggish window like that. I shared this - its brilliant!

  7. Window painting is one of our favorite activities! Yay for you for not saying no :)


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