One of the perks of homeschooling is that you are with your kids, all the time- but one of the drawbacks is that you are with your kids all the time! Recently our family moved to a new city, and that unfortunately left me very involved with packing and cleaning, and less excited to come up with fun activities. My children were not thrilled with the lack of attention, and I knew I had to make it up to them with something awesome- enter Usborne Books!
I was recently introduced to the company, but before signing up as a consultant I wanted to see their products. Let me just say, I was hooked! From the quality to the content, I knew I loved them, and was sure my kiddos would too. I borrowed their art resources and dove right it, with my happy little testers!
While I was impressed with the art books for older ages, my kids were a bit too young for them. Instead we spent our morning looking at the Famous Paintings flashcards and the Impressionist Paintings flashcards, which were the perfect size for little hands to study. After observing some different works and discussing them we set up the table to create our own artwork!
We went through the Usborne My Very First Art Book and picked out a technique together. I absolutely loved all of the different ideas expressed in the book, and how child friendly it was. As someone who is not well versed in art, it was extremely helpful for me. We all liked looking at a work of art, and then seeing it translated into a technique a child could practice. We had been talking about impressionism and different paint styles, so Annie decided she wanted to paint using just her fingertips to make dots. She was also intrigued by the colors and temperatures, and chose to do warm colors. Baby Jack was assigned cold colors by default, but he seems pretty happy with anything he can make a mess with.
My little artists were perfectly pleased with their masterpieces, as well as the creative process. It was a great time for us to recharge, and reconnect. I stopped being crazy preoccupied mama, and went back to being present and reveling in their tiny little lives. Finding that moment of joy reminded me of the important things in my life, and once again reaffirmed the decision to be home with the kids all day!
(Just in case this sounds too sweet and perfect, I thought I’d include this after picture for you. Remembering to stay present was slightly challenging as I washed paint off of the floor and furniture!)
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