I seem to have neglected the blog recently, which is totally unintentional but when Life takes over and little ones are poorly there’s very little that can be done.
That being said we’ve still being documenting our days over on Instagram and there’s been lots of gradual changes in the way I’ve been choosing to parent Adam. I’m loving taking a more Montessori style approach with him and one of the key elements in Montessori Style parenting is to have everything easily accessible and allowing children to choose their own activities with their creativity using natural materials.
Adam has always loved colouring and painting and I love that he has this creative streak in him like me but the clean freak side of me has always sat on the edge of my seat while he’s painted or used pens anticipating he would have it all over the carpet, furniture and walls at any given time. I’m always torn between allowing him to be free in his creativity without stunting it but it’s hard when he’s shaking his paintbrush everywhere and I’m constantly following him with a wet cloth ready to mop up spills but we were very kindly sent some Paint Stick from LittleBrian through WirePR recently and honestly they have been a game changer!
They look like little glue stick which twist up to allow your child to paint straight to the paper or almost any other material (including clothing so do be careful!) and once they’re done the paint dries to the paper almost instantly and you can pop the lid back on ready for next time.
Adam has honestly loved that he doesn’t constantly need me to wash or clean brushes for him and he can just take the kids off as he wants a colour and paint straight away. Before we were having to set up his paint station with a water cup, multiple brushes, an oversized apron so he didn’t get paint all over himself and I was constantly washing the brushes as he wanted to change colours.
They come in lots of different shades and variations including metallics, neons and even crayons which I have my eyes on for Adam as he loves crayons. So if you’re anything like me and love creating colourful crafting memories with your child but hate the mess and can’t fully enjoy the experience because of the fear of spills and stains I think Little Brian Paint sticks are definitely something to look into!
My next Montessori plan is to set up a little craft station for Adam that he can access himself whenever he wants and you can bet the Little Brian Paint sticks will be on there! I will keep you posted on how I set that up so to keep the most up to date with our day to day activities head to my Instagram account @syrah.j and if you have any Montessori/creativity ideas for toddlers then definitely send me a DM through Insta because I’m very much into that style of parenting at the moment.