365: 06.04.13 #96 Messy play for Matilda Mae- Messy art (painting nature)

Tonight I am linking up to both The Boy and Me’s 365 and Jennie Edspire’s Messy Play for Matilda Mae linky. I just loved the photos from today so much! So here is my 365:

365_messyart outside

We’ve been outside all day today and it’s been fantastic! This is the preschooler with his finished piece of art, which leads me on to my post for the Messy Play linky.. Messy art!

We decided to paint some nature today. It was so lovely to have the morning with the preschooler as Ghostwriterdaddy did gymnastics duties with The Big One. We have been talking about farming and gardening this week and before we started we spent some time just playing, and also sweeping leaves in the garden. As we did this, we found lots of sticks and leaves we thought would be lovely to use in an art activity… and so today’s messy art session was born!
messyart painting nature

This is what we did:

  • We collected interesting looking sticks, leaves and twigs and placed them in the Tuff Spot
  • I lined the Tuff Spot with paper and collected some paint and paintbrushes
  • We started with paitning the sticks and talking about the texture: bumpy, spiky and rough.
  • We talked about the sticks being long, short, thick and thin
  • We looked at the leaves and decided to paint them and use them to print onto the paper
  • We talked about the different patterns each leaf mademessyart exploring materials
  • We used some of the sticks to make lines in the paint and the preschooler also wanted to use his toy motorbike to make tracks in the paint too
  • The preschooler used his wonderful imaginative skills to create scenarios with the sticks, leaves and stones, We made little mountains for the bike to ride over and talked about why the wheels wouldn’t move properly over some of the leaves and sticks
  • We rolled the sticks around the paint and talked about how the smoother sticks rolled better than the nobbly sticks

We then decided to change the texture of the paint and I collected some more supplies from inside: shaving foam and plastic party cups. We mixed shaving foam and paint in the cups and talked about the colours we made- a beautiful purple and pink, which I felt was very fitting for today. The preschooler noted that the paint was thicker and for a while we simply splodged it onto the paper. Then we spread it around the paper and used a stick to practise writing the preschooler’s name. We also used our fingers to print his name- I printed as the preschooler helped me to remember the letters in his name.

messyart writing

The baby joined in with the shaving foam painting too, and enjoyed exploring it with her feet! Once we’d finished we stuck our artwork onto the fence to dry, taking the opportunity to talk about how the sun would dry our work.

messyart shaving foam paintWe had such fun making messy art for Matilda Mae. Please take a look at the other posts that have been linked up today

Edspire 

Messy Play

and don’t forget to pop over to see the other entries in the project 365 too.

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

32 Comments

  1. April 6, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    Ooooh this is lovely!! We had a glimmer of sunshine today so may be able to start planning some outdoor messy play and art activities soon. Tomorrow we are going to be painting stones in our Tuff Spot but it will be inside as still very cold here x Am going to add this to my list of garden activities for when we recommence potty training in May half term x
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      April 7, 2013 / 7:16 pm

      Luka loved it. We saved the painted sticks and leaves for another activity too 🙂
      xx

  2. April 6, 2013 / 8:09 pm

    So glad we had nice weather for you to be outside and have messy play, looks like you had a brilliant time!

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      April 7, 2013 / 7:15 pm

      We did! We were out all weekend too 🙂
      xx

  3. April 6, 2013 / 8:47 pm

    so that is the tuff spot tray? sooo mnay people are talking about them.
    we have been outside lots yesterday and today too enjoying the sunshine.
    your messy play activity is great for doing outdoors – he has done a great job with his works of art. and both your children dont appear to be too messy themselves by the end of it either! my two would be covered lol x
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      April 7, 2013 / 7:15 pm

      Yes they did manage to keep quite clean haha! yes this is the Tuff Spot- we’re having so much fun with it!
      xx

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      April 7, 2013 / 7:14 pm

      Yes, and doing it outside is good for those who aren’t keen on the mess too. We’ve been out all weekend in fact, making the most of the weather!
      xx

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      April 7, 2013 / 7:14 pm

      Ah thanks. It was so lovely to get outside!
      xx

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      April 7, 2013 / 7:14 pm

      You should, we really enjoyed this one!
      xx

  4. Sheree
    April 7, 2013 / 7:39 am

    Such amazing fun. Messy play is definitely the way to go, and I think the Tuff spot must be the number 1 seller this month! Surprised that they haven’t sold out the rate that they are going! It’s all a testament to you and Jennie. You have made such a solid impact on how to interact and entertain the children.

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      April 7, 2013 / 7:13 pm

      Have you got one yet? 😉
      xx

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      April 7, 2013 / 7:13 pm

      Yes it was!
      xx

  5. April 7, 2013 / 9:52 am

    Susanne, this is fantastic. You and Jennie are so inspirational with all this messy play. We even got involved for the first time yesterday. Even though our Tuff Spot only arrived Friday I wanted to do a little something and link up with Jennie xx
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      April 7, 2013 / 7:13 pm

      Ook I can’t wait to read what you got up to
      xx

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      April 7, 2013 / 7:12 pm

      The shaving foam paint was really good- no spillages and lovely muted colours
      xx

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      April 7, 2013 / 7:12 pm

      Yes, we really enjoyed this one. We’ve kept the painted sticks and leaves to use again too
      xx

  6. April 7, 2013 / 5:30 pm

    It looks like luka really enjoyed the nature painting 🙂 great use of the tuff tray. I’ve ordered a new one should be arriving tomorrow, can’t wait to start using with boys x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      April 7, 2013 / 7:12 pm

      Hooray! I can’t wait to see what you do with it
      xx

  7. April 7, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    This looks like so much fun – and so lovely to finally be playing outdoors! xx
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      April 7, 2013 / 7:11 pm

      We’ve been outside ALL weekend. Its been glorious, just what we all needed!
      xx

  8. April 8, 2013 / 9:10 am

    That’s lovely. Natural materials lend themselves so well to these sort of activities. I love the idea of combining art, outdoors and nature. x
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      April 8, 2013 / 3:08 pm

      Me too. We really enjoyed this one too
      xx

  9. Emily
    April 10, 2013 / 3:02 pm

    Mine have been so thick with colds I daren’t take them outside but can’t wait until it’s warm enough for messy play in the garden! Xx

    • ghostwritermummy
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      April 10, 2013 / 8:28 pm

      yes that’s probably wise! This was the first time we’ve been out there for some time!
      x

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