There is such an amazing local art scene where we live and we try to share that with our boys, so how excited were we to have local artist Dallas Berry come and paint WITH them?
Dallas knows firsthand, and we agree that creating art is therapeutic. It’s another tool in the box of expressing tricky emotions, and so we set out to create a way for our kids to express themselves and even our toddlers dove right in! Dallas led the boys through a series of questions and let them paint whatever they felt in response. Whether it was to draw their favorite toy, or how they feel when their friends are nice to them, or even sad things that happened during the day. The results were fascinating!
We also loved the little books Dallas brought each of them, and any day they feel like painting or drawing they can add to the book! If they’re too little, mamas could easily add a line or two about what each painting means to them, and wouldn’t it be such a treasured keepsake to look back on?
As they get older we’re excited to continue what Dallas started, to paint their day: the highs and the lows, if they’re angry, sad, excited, worried, surprised, hopeful, or frustrated, they can express it in their book, and create even more opportunities for that open communication we all desire with our families!
Do you have any favorite methods for helping your little ones express themselves? We’d love to hear!