After our successful handprint project, Dylan wanted to paint every day for a few days. He tends to be a very literal kid and tended to just make dots of colors and then be done. So, I tried to take the extra step of showing him how to make a whole picture. I painted grass and a tree and a sun. And then he wanted to add a slide. Yay!
The next day he wanted to paint a rainbow. So, I wrote out the colors in the rainbow and we started down the line. He was not happy with my list because it didn't have all the colors of paint that I'd set out, so we made a second rainbow Dylan's way by adding brown, white and pink. I thought I'd take the opportunity to teach him a little science about where rainbows come from. So, I asked him to paint a sun and explained how the sunlight hits the raindrops to form a rainbow. Then, I had him paint a cloud and raindrops (his original rain is on the right side of the painting over the slide. After he did those I showed him how he could just dab the brush to make the drops). And, because we'd done it the day before, he wanted to add grass and a slide to the picture. I'm happy he's old enough now to get the concept of rinsing his brush in between colors...his colors used to turn to mud after he would dunk in each one with the brush.
All this talk of rainbows reminds me of a book that we used to have to read over and over and over to Dylan when he was half the size he is now. It's called "What Makes a Rainbow". I wonder if we still have it. I remember we hid it at some point because, well, as is anything that you either have to hear or read over and over and over and over and over and over again, it was really on our nerves. Denny and I used to completely try and outdo each other with silly voices for the baby rabbit and all the other animals. We had particularly obnoxious voices for the bunny. Heh, I should get Denny really good by hunting down that book before bedtime. Dontcha think?