Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Painted Easter Eggs

Easter egg, painted Easter egg
Abby's school is holding a painted Easter egg competition for the pre-schoolers this week. Although I'm not really a very tidy person, I avoid children mess as much as possible. And the thought of painting at home easily adds another few strands of grey hair to my already under-nourished locks.

But. I'm not a mum who would let her child down. I rather have a messy painting session at home than sending my child to school with no 'homework' to be handed in. So we bought a set of paint brushes from ASDA, and Crayola's washable paint (could be a wrong choice for Easter eggs as it's washable) which was a bargain. £3.00 for 18 colours! I do wish the pots were bigger but since we won't be painting often, and we can always top up with the odd colours if needed, it's a great choice to start with.


Easter egg, painted Easter egg
Because of the lack of practise, Abby didn't know where to start. She just wanted to make patterns with the special brushes, which were too big for an egg. I guided her through by showing her with another egg (the blue one at the back) and she quickly picked up on what to do. But before that, she asked me whether she could bring my egg in to win the competition. She even said:" But no one will know that it's your egg?". The joy of teaching a four years old why cheating isn't right, and how important it is to finish what you've started.


Easter egg, painted Easter egg
After much persuasion, some pushing and a few stern tones, she has finally finished painting an egg. It's not quite original since she has copied the idea from my egg, but at least she has a painted egg to bring to school.