Did you know that allowing kids to express themselves through painting has a number of benefits?

They can obtain a better grasp of spacial awareness, physical dexterity and limits, and painting can help develop a child's creativity, imagination, cognitive
skills, and problem-solving abilities.

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"Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

  ~Pablo Picasso

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And sometimes…its just fun.

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And have fun we did.

While Audrey was blissfully napping the boys and I had a full on painting session.

What started out as trees and doors and the sun and cars somehow all ended up like this.


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After Colton finished this particular work, he held it up and exclaimed,

"Look mom!  I made this for you!"

Be still my heart!  I was so tickled that he wanted to give it to me after he had spent so long perfecting that perfect shade of… green.

As I opened my mouth to gush and say thank you he turned to me and gave me a thoughtful glance.

"No, no mom.  Wait.  I dont want to give it to you.  I want to give it to Daddy instead."

Ah the honesty of youth. 

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Reader Comments

  1. Ah yes, I have had many a project be committed to me only to have the boys decide…nope, this one is for dad.
    Well done!

  2. The title of this post is really true and I do agree with it.My little niece also likes painting very much.Sometimes painting is fun for her and she enjoy it a lot.

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