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My wireless has been down for a week now…in case you were wondering why i have not been posting anything much. One good thing that has come out of it is that i have suddenly found more time to read (by read i mean stuff other than Little Bear, Swimmy and Freight Train).  

It’s been a fun few days…we have been doing a lot of sticking/pasting and i have been using the emerging art work to make cards. Amu has fortunately not engaged in the sticking activities though he LOVES to paint. I quickly make paint using flour, salt, water and a little food color for him and place it in a small steel bowl or dish. Then he can decide what he wants to do with it. He plays around in the paint with his fingers, he loves splashing the paint on the plate and watching it fly up in little droplets. He likes to lick the paint too (it is super salty so i don’t see what he likes there). Then he spreads the paints with his hands allowing them to slide on the paper and usually off it onto the plastic mat. I sometimes add a couple of ice cubes to the paint and he loves chasing them over the paper and mat. By the end of it, he is practically swimming in paint and squealing in delight. i rarely try and structure this activity for him. He is only 9 months old right now and i want him to just enjoy playing with paints and textures. I was a little worried that he would try and grab the paint the twins were using (which unfortunately is not the edible home made variety) but the reverse often happens with the twins dipping into amu’s supply. 

 

The boys have currently been doing more stamping and sticking than painting. I have picked up some lovely blocks for printing from Colaba (outside Jehangir Art Gallery). They are traditional block prints (wooden ones from Rajasthan) and we have got an elephant, a tiger, a peacock and a lotus flower. They boy enjoy using the stamp pad and stamps and so do i! (Does anyone know if i can get washable non-toxic stamp pads for kids in Mumbai?)Right now we are using the Faber Castell ones which i bummed from my parents!  By the way – this is a great activity that can be used to make cards, wrapping papers and bags. Black printing on bright colored paper looks stunning. We did birthday cards for my hubby using block prints on bright pink and purple card paper. 

 

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About myfourboysandme

Mom - a word that defines me... I smell of oats, johnson's and home baked cookies I am pink, purple, green and orange and so is the floor my kids color on. Flour on my clothes and a brush in my pocket, my glasses bent out of shape and smudged with tiny fingerprints. I can't remember the date but i know almost 40 pictures books by heart. I wake up humming 'wheels on the bus'and i talk with my fingers and eyes and mouth. My bag carries band aids, napkins, wipes, crayons, papers, candy and sometimes my wallet. I know all the parks and very few of the restaurants in my neighborhood. Most of my shopping is diapers, books and paints My phd certificate lies in a roll, the frame now contains an abstract work of art by two year olds and i am prouder of that piece of paper. mom - a word that defines me!

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  1. hey we have been doing block printing for a while too. Tried with various paints, stamp pads and even mildly wet crayon. Theres hardly non-toxic ones available here. But the one that works really well is acrylic paint. They have a slight shine so when we did bookmarks and bags it turned out ‘pofissnal’. fabric paint is best for tshirts.

    While on art you must chimes too Gauri. Its a great cutting and sticking activity

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