Last week Caleb and I did a fun little project together that I would love to share with you all! I was on Pinterest and saw this recipe for Edible Finger Paint. The original recipe is here and the blog I saw it on is here.
I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had with this! I think Caleb enjoyed it, but not anywhere near as much as me. Seeing him explore something new and then having something cute to show for it afterwards is absolutely priceless. We are wanting to do this activity with daddy this weekend.
So here’s what you need:
2 cups white flour
2 cups cold water
I made half of this recipe and still had way more than enough for a little guy of Caleb’s size. If you had toddlers or multiple children I’m sure you would use the full recipe.
Put the water in the bowl first and then slowly add the flour. I then took three little containers and put some of the flour/water in each then did three different colours for him.
I put some clothes on him that I didn’t care if he got dirty in, placed him in his high chair and let him go to town exploring! He didn’t totally get the hang of it at first, but I plopped some plaint on the paper and spread it around with his little finger. That excited him and he went full force painting after that!
He did of course try to eat it (he’s eight months old, what doesn’t go in his mouth)! That’s the nice thing about this activity though, it’s edible! I obviously didn’t let him consume a lot of it, but if it touched his lips or tongue, I chose not to freak out and just enjoyed watching him discover. I’m so glad I did, because it was a fun, relaxed and a memorable time with my babe!
Here is the final product (sorry for the picture quality). I am going to frame these really soon, and hopefully one day have all of my kids first paintings framed and hanging on our “wall of fame”!
I was thinking about the personal lesson that this time with Caleb gave me, and it all came down to anxiety and worry. As a mom, I struggle with over protecting my boy sometimes since he still seems so little to me. I was at a mom’s group a few months ago and they were talking about if you were a “yes” mom or a “no” mom. At the time I didn’t think it applied to me, and I thought it would be a long time before I had to figure out if I was going to be an adventurous mom that would let her kids try new things, or if I was going to pass on my desire for clean over fun, or of being over-cautious instead of daring. God showed me that if I wanted to be a mom that empowered her kids to go out and pursue their dreams and their destiny in the Lord, I needed to start with the little things: encouraging them to explore and discover and try not to hold them back unless there was a really good reason to say no.
Jesus might call Caleb to do something daring and potentially risky for him. I want him to be equipped with tools of courage, perseverance and trust by the time he leaves our home.
Proverbs 12:25 says “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”
I don’t want to be weighed down with worry. I am overwhelmed at how fast my own childhood went, and I hope to not waste a day of my children’s, being held down by the enemy. Being prone to worry, I have to ask my husband to hold me accountable, specifically with Caleb. He has become my encourager, and brings some perspective and balance to my own self.
I hope you enjoyed seeing our little activity. Do you have any suggestions for an activity I could do with Caleb? This was so much fun, but it’s hard to find ideas for babies under one. Send me your thoughts and I might do a “Try It Out Tuesday” based on your idea (and I’ll mention you of course)!
Have an incredibly blessed day and enjoy the opportunity you have to love and lift up those around you!