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Making It As A Mom: Art for Mess-Averse Mamas

I feel like part of being a well-rounded mom is exposing my kids to art and letting them create. There's a problem, though. I'm not artsy in the slightest.

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This is a post for 31 Days about making it as a mom. Check out the intro post if this is your first time here!

So maybe it's just me, but I feel like part of being a well-rounded mom is exposing my kids to art and letting them create. There's a problem, though. I'm not artsy in the slightest, and messes made by art supplies are not my favorite.

What to do? Do-A-Dot. Y'all, this is painting for the most OCD among us. My kids love to get these out, and I have yet to clean up paint, unlike when I was feeling particularly generous and got out the finger paint...and then my three-year-old somehow drove his Fisher Price car through the paint plate (all four wheels) and proceeded to drive the paint-loaded wheels all over my wood floors and carpet. All in less than five minutes. Finger paint, we can't be friends. So, yeah. Do-A-Dot.

Another activity that can keep my little ones busy is sensory bins. We have one bin filled with dried pinto beans and another filled with rice (that you can color if you want). Word to the wise: make these bins "outside toys" unless you are really in the mood to sweep your floors. I put funnels, spoons, cups, and cookie cutters in the bins, and so far they've been a big hit.

And finally, because I am cheap frugal, my kids think these twistable crayons are pretty special. I keep these put away and bring them out selectively for "special art time." My kids think we're doing something awesome; I think we're doing something easy. Win, win!

Do you have any tricks for art that isn't messy? Or art that is wonderfully messy? Tell me in the comments below or on Facebook!

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