We decided to make some feelie goop on the porch.
Feelie goop is a simple, non-toxic recipe of cornstarch and water. I found the idea in the fantastic book "First Art: Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos."
The activity took a minimal amount of planning ahead (I happened to have two cups of cornstarch already in the pantry.) I set up the feelie goop station on the porch while the kids were still napping. Cleaning up was easy-peasy a few hours later, after the kids were inside reading stories with their dad.
Buddy Boy and Junebug were smitten with the feelie goop immediately. Stirring, mixing, touching, squeezing, and adding food coloring.
Miss Bee, on the other hand, wanted nothing to do with the feelie goop. She was far more fascinated with the plastic box the food coloring came in, as well as playing with the glass measuring cups.
But Buddy Boy and Junebug just couldn't get enough of the feelie goop! They played for over half an hour.
Meanwhile, Miss Bee (who never even touched the feelie goop) got bored, and made her way down the porch steps to the hand washing station I'd set up.
Soap bubbles! Now we're talking!
After a while, Junebug took interest in what her sister was up to on the lawn.
...which gave her another idea...
...to use the glass measuring cup and the hand-washing water to give the porch plants a drink!
This fun went on for several rounds.
Until Buddy Boy, the third child to arrive at the hand-washing bowl, decided to experiment with dumping all of the hand-washing water out onto the grass.
But we had a great first time with the feelie goop. It's a project I'm sure we'll do again.
What books or other resources do you use to get ideas for art projects to do with your kids?