Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Why do we buy toys?

Yesterday I sent my children outside in some old clothes armed with paint and brushes and told them to go paint rocks. Three hours later... no, three peaceful, quiet, relaxing hours later they proudly showed me the colorful collection that they have made to decorate my around my flowerbeds! I think it kept them busy longer than the last DS game they got! LOL Lesson learned... Don't over think it! They are so easily entertained and I think we over complicate things by trying to hard to engage them. Keep in mind this included age ranges 3-13 and they were all out there having a blast! It got me thinking. When we lived in the house on the south hill I used to send them out with a clean (large) paintbrush and a bucket of water and tell them to paint the house. When they spread water on it it looked darker so they felt like they were "painting". They would stay out there for hours and paint the whole back of the house!


4 comments:

Tam said...

you, my friend, are brilliant! what kind of paint did you use?

Right Wing Mama said...

I think the "painting the house" idea is brilliant. Totally going to try that with mine.

Lori said...

Love this idea! Now I just need to get my hands on some big rocks...

Olson Family said...

Aha! GREAT IDEA! You are brilliant, Amy! Love the rocks... and I'm sure it will give the children a huge sense of accomplishment when they see THEIR artwork bordering Mama's flowerbed!