It’s important to have art materials readily available for your child — something that I have always struggled with because I HATE MESS!!! However, if you simply accept the fact that mess is going to happen and teach your child to clean it up by herself, it’s a lot less stressful!
L loves to paint, but I hate the mess that comes along with it. I decided to set out some watercolor paints on her art shelf because they are easily cleanable!
I showed L how to fill the ramiken with water from her water pitcher and bring it back to the tray. I demonstrated how we dip the brush in the water, then paint, and then on the paper. When she is finished, she likes to hang her painting on the fridge. L can now do this entire work from start to finish by herself, and the mess usually stays on the tray. If she does get paint on the table, she grabs a washcloth from the dining room to wipe it up. This works on practical life skills, fine and gross motor development, and creative expression.
L chooses this at least once a day!