That would be a yawn. I suppose MC hasn't yet learned to appreciate the arts.
We've done a little painting (and might I add this was the best forty-four cents I've ever spent at Walmart...these were in the craft section and the kids had a BLAST painting them! I thought they'd be done in five minutes and wondered if it would be worth getting out the paint, etc. They spent more like thirty minutes painting them and then had a great time mixing paint colors and eventually painting coloring book pages. Not to mention they are quite proud of their works of art. Well worth the effort in my opinion!
I often set them up with play-dough in the evenings during that crazy time when I'm trying to prepare dinner and keep their little hands occupied. It gives them something to do that isn't too messy and keeps them in the kitchen with me. However, the play dough recently bit the dust. It was beyond keeping...all crumbly and loaded with grit...not to mention both containers of it were a disgusting green color...so I decided to try my hand at making our own play dough. I'd seen recipes before and figured it couldn't be too hard. It wasn't. And it was pretty cheap and quite convenient. I mixed up a batch, divided it in half, and again, another hour of a morning was filled with inquisitive hands building fortresses and making bowls and animals, along with lots of discussion about what colors they would paint their creations. So the backsplash of the oven is lined with their creations...and when they dry, we'll break out the paints once more.
Here's how we made ours:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
2 T cooking oil