Potty Training 101 – Is My Child Ready?

Did I just instill fear in you with that title? No one (at least no one that I know of) looks forward to potty training. Sure, we all look forward to the time after children are potty trained – when we know they can reliably hold it for more than 3 minutes after they say they need to go, when we don’t have to tote around 4 extra outfits all the time, and when we don’t have to know the exact location of a bathroom for every single place we go. But no one really looks forward to the act of potty training.

M is almost completely pee potty trained. She still prefers to poop in a diaper (usually at naptime), but hey, I’ll take it. For the most part, her accidents are few and far between. We’ve even been able to go places without any accidents. E just isn’t interested. And that is totally fine with me. They’re not even 2 yet, so they’re still on the younger side of potty training anyway.

The first step of potty training is figuring out if your child is ready. I assure you, a child will not be successful in potty training if they aren’t both physically and emotionally ready.

How do you know if your child is ready? They’ll do many (not necessarily all) of the things I’m about to list.

  • Do they keep their diaper dry for an hour or two at a time?
  • Do they wake up dry from nap and/or in the morning after a full night’s sleep?
  • Are they interested in what you’re doing in the bathroom?
  • Do they tell you when they need to be changed?
  • Do they tell you what they’re doing (pooping or peeing) as they do it?
  • Do they want to wear big girl or big boy undies?
  • Do they communicate their needs? (How will they tell you they need to go?)
There are ways you can help your child be ready, but nothing is going to make your child be ready until they just are. As I (and everyone else) have said before, each child is different and develops at their own pace.

There’s a few ways to help them get ready and help them be comfortable with the idea of potty training.

Since the girls were little, I’ve talked with them about what goes on as far as their bodily functions. When changing their diaper, I’d tell them what was in there (“There’s just pee pee in your diaper. No poop.”) and eventually, (when they were a little over a year old) they would often tell me what was in there before I opened their diaper (“No poop. Just pee.”) When they were noticeably pooping (you all know the face I’m referring to here. Every kid makes it or does some noticeable action when they’re going), I’d tell them that’s what they’re doing (“E, are you pooping right now? I think you are. When you’re done pooping, let’s go change your diaper”). This helps them understand what’s going on with their body, and potentially even begin to recognize the feeling they get when they need to go.

Another way is to allow the child in with you to the bathroom when you go. Obviously this is not something I do as a nanny, but a same sex parent, sure. Let the child come in with you and tell them what you’re doing. Not in graphic terms, but simple sentences (“Mommy is sitting on the potty because she needs to pee.” “Now, I’m going to wipe and flush and then wash my hands”. Children learn a lot through modeling behavior (ever notice a child pick up something [positive or negative] from another child? Same thing.) and it’s good to show them that there is nothing scary about going potty.

When I noticed the very first signs that M was starting to be ready to use the potty, I started picking up books at the library on potty training. There are definitely a few obvious favorites, but we read just about any book on potty training. A lot of potty training books have both boy version and girl versions. Our favorites are Princess Potty Time by Sue DiCicco and Big Girls Use the Potty! by Andrea Pinnington.

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It’s also helpful to allow a child to choose their potty chair and their potty seat. Put the potty chair in a room you spend a lot of time in, not necessarily the bathroom. Let them touch it, climb on it and sit on it (both clothed and unclothed). Basically anything that’s safe. This way they’re used to it. Once they’re used to it, you can then teach them how to use it properly. When you go into the bathroom, take their potty chair with you. Let them do what you do, only on their potty chair instead of the “big potty”.

Think about it this way – would you like to randomly be taken into a room you’re not typically in, asked to take offyour pants and underwear, sit on something cold and unfamiliar to you that makes a really loud noise when a handle is pushed down, and asked to do a new task that you’ve never done before? Probably not. You’d be uneasy or scared. You want to do everything you can to make your child comfortable and see that there’s nothing scary about it and that they’re still safe and okay. You want to prepare them. You’re asking them to change something they’ve been doing their entire life. It’s a big deal. It will take time! Not to mention lots of patience!


Aly

Switching to WordPress!

A few things might be a little wonky as far as this blog goes for the next few weeks. I’m in the process of getting things transferred over to WordPress, and being self-hosted instead of being hosted by Blogger. Nothing against blogger, I’ve loved using it, but I want more customization and I’m also switching for content ownership reasons (yes, you own your content on blogger, but here is a great example of what I’m talking about). Basically, when I switch to self-hosted WordPress, I, 100 million percent, own my own content. No one has the ability to do anything with it except me, and that’s important to me. It is my work after all.

It will also let me get back into the world a little bit of HTML and such. I know the basics and maybe a little more (way back in the day I had another blog and did all the HTML coding and such for it) and it will be nice to play around and see what I can remember.

That said, I’m excited to use my amazing blog designer again to create an all new blog design for my “new” website.

So please forgive any glitches or weird happenings you see occurring over the next few weeks while the switching over process happens. Thanks for your patience!

Aly

Hire a Nanny or Enroll In Daycare? Part 2

This is part two of yesterday’s post about hiring a nanny vs enrolling your child in daycare. Today I’m going to talk about the pros and cons of having a nanny. Again, this is purely based on my experience. I have been a nanny for two families (including my current one) for a total of just shy of 3 and a half years.

With a nanny, you, as the parent, are responsible for hiring. You don’t tour a daycare center and get a “childcare show” put on for you. Instead you interview potential hires and choose who you think is the best fit for your family. Every family is different. Their needs are also going to be different. During the interview process you need to clearly explain what your needs are for the nanny – what will their responsibilities be? Laundry? Cooking? Shopping for the kids? You also need to do research in a sense on any nannies you are considering hiring. What is their educational background? What experience do they have? Criminal history? Etc. You will need to get references from the prospective nanny as well.
Once hired, a nanny can do many things for your child or children. After a period of time, there will be a tight bond formed between the nanny and your children. This is important for your child’s development. Your nanny will not only provide all the obvious care for your children (diapers, feeding, putting down for naps, kissing of boo boos, etc) but many also do “extra” things around the house – children’s laundry, dishes, cleaning of their play area, etc.
A quality nanny does various things with your child. For example, arts and/or craft projects are completed on a semi regular basis. Children are taken on various “field trips” of sorts. To the library, park, zoo, different stores, and so on. Lots of different experiences are provided and opportunities for growth and development in all areas (physical, cognitive, social, and emotional) are given. Quality nannies are not only experienced but educated as well. Most hold certificates for various training and a lot also have degrees.
With a nanny, your child will get more one on one attention than they would in a daycare setting. Each state has a ratio of teachers to children. Typically, each center is filled to this capacity in order to make the most money. As much as I strived to give each child in my care while I was working in daycare plenty of one on one time, I also had to recognize that I was caring for multiple children and had to keep a close eye on all of them as well. With a nanny, because of the more individualized attention, experiences can be created around and tailored to your child’s preferences and likes and dislikes.
A daycare splits children by ages. A nanny can care for a mixed age group of children. This can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. With a mixed age group, the younger children typically learn from the older children. This can be great for language development. On the other hand, with a mixed age group sometimes the older child who is more independent can feel left out since the younger one needs more attention and help. It can also be hard to plan lessons or activities that are beneficial for each age group simultaneously. That said, a good nanny can easily overcome this.
The other issue is children cared for by a nanny having a lack of social experiences and interaction with children of their own age. This too can be overcome by a nanny who is willing to find and join playgroups and classes as well as willing to take your child or children to places where they can interact with other children.
Another benefit of hiring a nanny is that parents don’t have to take a ton of days off when a child is sick. Children not in daycare usually get sick less often than children who are. Nannies are usually built in sick care. Most nannies care for children with colds, other viruses, and stomach bugs. Not that it’s our favorite thing to do, and parents have to understand (especially in regards to stomach bugs) that if we care for sick children we may also catch what they have and need a day or two off.
Nannies are almost always more expensive than putting a single child in daycare. For multiple children it sometimes evens out or is relatively close (particularly in the case of infant multiples).
Overall, it’s going to be a completely individual/family choice. You have to figure out the right balance between your wants and needs, what you can afford, and what the prospective nannies you interview have to offer. I may be a little biased, but I tend to advise people to go the nanny route if they can 😉

Aly

Hire a Nanny or Enroll In Daycare? Part 1

Debating between sending your child to daycare or hiring a nanny? I have several years of experience on both sides. I can tell you the ins and outs of both. Today’s post will strictly be about daycare. Come back tomorrow for all the info on nannies!

While there are both licensed home based daycares and licensed daycare centers, my experience is strictly within licensed daycare centers. With daycare centers you have usually at least two caregivers caring for your children each day. They are also supervised by an assistant director and a director. Daycare centers are also regulated and inspected by each state. Children are typically kept in one room the majority of the day, each room designed around a specific age range. There is an outdoor play area that belongs to the center where the children are supposed to be taken to on a daily basis (weather and age permitting). Many (if not, all) daycares also take the children on walks within close proximity to the daycare. Sick children are not permitted in a daycare center. Typically children need to stay home (or are sent home) if they have fevers, bad colds, rashes, pink eye, strep throat, hand foot and mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. Daycares close for all major holidays (some close for “smaller” holidays like Columbus day and Veterans day as well) and some close for training or inservice days as well. Not to mention snow days and other days where there is inclement weather.
Now, let’s get into personal experience (6+ years in daycares to be exact). First, not all daycares follow the rules mandated by the state. I can tell you that some (certainly not all) daycares don’t follow these rules 364 days out of the year and then the one day licensing comes in the gloves go on, things get a thorough cleaning and are rushed to be fixed, records are corrected (and sadly sometimes completely made up) and in some cases kids get switched around to keep the classrooms in ratio. So unfortunately, licensing results aren’t always an indicator of how a daycare is actually run. Also, parents have to take a lot of time off. Daycares are notorious for being full of germs. Even with daily cleaning, kids will still get sick. You can’t avoid it with so many kids in an enclosed space. Especially since kids are building their immune system so they are easily susceptible to illnesses. Before returning to daycare, children need to be symptom free for at least 24 hours. So once your child is better, they’ll need to spend an extra day at home to be completely cleared to return. If a child develops an illness during the day, parents are called and are expected to pick up their child ASAP. Daycares are (and need to be) proactive when dealing with illnesses to prevent them from spreading. Sometimes in spite of best efforts, you can’t stop an illness. I’ve enjoyed the pleasure of catching one vicious stomach bug in particular, stealthily taking out one classroom at a time, teachers and kiddos alike. You could literally see it spreading through the center despite all the cleaning of the center and sending home of kids that we did.
Some daycare teachers aren’t good at what they do. Parents aren’t responsible for hiring, so you don’t get a choice in who works at the daycare your child goes to. Parents also don’t usually know the educational background of a daycare teacher unless they ask. There is also typically a high turnover rate of teachers within a daycare.
On the positive side, there is a lot of social interaction, teachers (at least in Maryland) have to be trained and take childcare classes throughout their time at a daycare. An abundance of toys, educational games, and art materials are available and shared between the classes.
Here’s where I’m going to be 100% honest with you. Personally, I will never send my child to daycare unless absolutely necessary. I have had horrible experiences related to the worst thing parents can imagine happening in a daycare – abuse. The first daycare I worked at, I left after almost 2 years because of it happening. [Yes, I did call the state and report the center. Not only did I do this for my own sanity but also because I am a mandated reporter.] Even after telling the assistant director and director, nothing was done. To give you an example of what was happening, a teacher broke a crib because she was slamming it against the wall so hard (with an infant in it). I also witnessed a different teacher carrying a 3 month old infant across the entire room holding onto just one of the infants hands, their body just dangling. Young infants were dropped from a foot or two above their cribs into them (keep in mind they were kept on the lowest setting). The worst was when I witnessed yet another teacher push a pacifier into a crying child’s mouth repeatedly and so hard that the child’s mouth bled. It was sickening to watch and once I realized the teachers weren’t being fired or even talked to, I put in my notice and left. Another center I worked at I left for similar reasons, though not as severe. That will have to be another post for another day!
Some centers have cameras, which is great for parents. The center I’m referencing above had them too. While parents were led to believe they recorded, they didn’t. So someone (assistant director or director) would have to be actively watching the camera feed in order to witness anything. A few centers with cameras actually put them live on the internet so that parents can log in with a username and password and see where their child is and what they’re doing. If I had absolutely no choice and my future child had to go to a daycare this would be the only center I’d let them in.
As I said, some people have amazing experiences at daycares and this post is certainly not meant to scare you out of putting your child in one. This is based on my personal experience working in them.
Check back tomorrow for the post about nannies!

Aly

Kiddo Has A Cold. Now What?

Ahh, Fall. Not only do you get pumpkins, crunchy leaves on the ground, and a chill in the air, but Fall also welcomes in the start of cold and flu season. E and M have already battled their first cold of the season, hopefully this post will help you get through yours a little easier!

Beyond the basics of a thermometer and tissues, I always recommend a few things you should have on hand and a few things you should do to help your young child get through a cold.

First thing I always recommend – Boogie Wipes. I always thought they were a waste of money when you could just wipe a little one’s nose with tissues. But I’m sure you’ve felt the burn after you’ve wiped or blown your nose for the 25th time in two hours. Now imagine that times a million for a little one who can’t blow their nose yet so someone has to wipe it what seems to be about 95 times in one hour. Their little nose gets red and irritated and painful. Boogie wipes prevent that. They contain chamomile, vitamin E, and aloe. So they’re nice and soothing. There’s no alcohol so they won’t sting or dry their skin out. They’re also awesome at easily getting off dried boogies.


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If you can’t get to the store to pick up some boogie wipes (they’re sold at Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Walmart among other places by the way), be sure to slather on some Vaseline, A&D, or better yet, Bag Balm under your little one’s nose before naps and bed to help soothe their chapped nose.

Need to help a little munchkin breathe out of their nose? Take them in the bathroom with a super hot shower running and let the room fill with steam. The steam will help open up their nasal passages and loosen the mucus trapped in there. Even better if you can add a little peppermint essential oil or eucalyptus essential oil to the shower. Both oils have natural decongestant properties.


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Be sure to be offering water to your child all day. Lots of water and other liquids help prevent your nose, throat, and mucus membranes from drying out. Also, if your child has a fever, fluids help keep dehydration at bay.

I like to keep sick kiddos in my care doing quieter, indoor activities for the first few days. Just to give their bodies a little bit of a rest. After that we all tend to get a little stir crazy so we head out of the house. I lengthen naps and put them down for naps earlier if need be. Sleep is a person’s chance for their body to recover, so the more the better, especially when sick!

Sleep also seems the hardest thing to get when sick. For young infants who stay where you put them, you can prop up one end of their crib mattress (use a rolled towel or blanket) so that they’re sleeping at a slight incline. You can also take some Vicks VapoRub and slather it generously on a child’s feet and then cover with socks (this works for kiddos who aren’t in the stage where socks don’t stay on their feet). Some people swear that this helps stop coughing. They also make a BabyRub that doesn’t have any medicine in it (but instead uses eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender fragrances) for use on babies 3 months and older. You can apply this to their chest.


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Hope these tips will help your little one get better quickly!


Aly

Toddler Friendly Muffins

The girls have been on a food strike for what seems like months (and probably is). E eats a little better than M, but it’s way easier to list the foods they will eat as opposed to what they won’t eat. Right now M is pretty much limited to pancakes, yogurt, chicken nuggets, some  fruit, and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. E eats all of the above, plus olives, oatmeal, and pasta (both mac & cheese and with red sauce). Sometimes they’ll eat raisins, graham crackers, and fish sticks. Try to get them to eat anything else and you almost instantly hear “Take it awayyyyyyyy” or “no!” Oh, toddlers.

The struggle is real. Trying to get these girls to expand their food horizons is pretty difficult. After scouring the internet for a long time, I finally found a healthy food I was hoping they would eat – muffins. I mean, it’s almost like cake right? I found the recipe here, at Alida’s Kitchen. Something sweet but not loaded with a ridiculous amount of sugar. Without further ado here is the recipe:

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 mashed bananas
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl.
3. Mix mashed bananas, pumpkin, and liquid ingredients in another bowl.
4. Add the contents of the fruit and liquid ingredient mixture into the dry ingredients.
5. Pour into lined or greased muffin tins.
6. Bake for 13-16 mins (for standard muffin size, less time for smaller muffin size). [Check by inserting a knife or toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, the muffins are ready to come out of the oven.]

We made 12 standard sized muffins out of the recipe.

I had the girls help me make these one day after they finished their lunch. We took turns pouring in the ingredients and then mixing them together. While we were doing this we talked about each ingredient as we added it – what it was, what color is was, what it smelled like, etc.

Once we put them in the oven the girls had to be practically peeled away from the oven.
[No worries – I checked to make sure the outside of the oven wasn’t hot before I let them stand that close!]

We went downstairs and played. Once the muffins were done I took them out and let them cool (and then put them in an airtight container) while the girls napped. I gave each of them half of a muffin for snack. The girls love them.

They had muffins for snack the rest of the week and they continuously inhaled them. I’m thinking I’ll try making some spinach muffins with the girls soon to see if I can sneak some vegetables in.


Aly

Halloween Art

This past week we’ve been battling a cold. Luckily neither of the girls got fevers or were miserable (with the exception of one grumpy day that an early & longer nap fixed!), but we went through SO many tissues it was unreal! We spent a lot of the week inside, trying to take it easy and let them get better. On top of some potty learning happening (M is kicking butt at it! E is on her way too, M just wants to be on the potty all day while E is much too busy doing other things!) we did a few art projects.

First up was a pretty simple, spur of the moment activity. I gave the girls each black construction paper and let them paint with white using a paint brush. Once they dried, I let the girls each choose googly eyes and then I glued them on. Voila, you have ghosts!

Later in the week we made watercolor pumpkins. I recently picked up a basic watercolor paint palette for each of the girls. They loved it and made some beautiful artwork using it. I wanted to do another project with watercolors, but needed to limit them to one color. Instead of cutting up their watercolor palettes and just giving them the orange, I picked up watercolor brushes from Lakeshore.

I flattened a coffee filter for each of the girls and (one at a time) gave them the orange watercolor brush. They took their time and painted the coffee filters.

Once they decided they were done with the watercolor, I gave them each a wet foam brush. They used this to help spread out the watercolor paint a bit more.

I let them dry, cut out a stem and glued it on, and then let that glue dry. Now they have a cute little watercolor pumpkin!


Aly

Fall & Halloween Sensory Bin

As I said in yesterday’s post, our first sensory bin has a fall and Halloween theme.
Our first step was finding something to fill the bottom of our bin. With Halloween colors being black and orange, I wanted something in one of those two colors. I decided on using black beans. Since this was the first sensory bin with the girls I wanted something easy to spot on their carpet (thus easy for them to identify and help clean up if spilled). We got our black beans from the dollar store. I used 4 bags (12 oz each) to just cover the bottom of our bin. I plan on getting more, but since this is our introductory bin I’m starting out slowly.
Then we set out on finding objects to fill our bin with. Also at the dollar store we found glow in the dark plastic insects and skeletons, as well as packs of small foam gourds and pumpkins, all in their seasonal section. In the party aisle we found magnifying glasses, M in particular is obsessed with these. In the toy aisle, we found plastic lizards and a squishy sticky bat and scorpion. We headed to Target to buy our bin (since the dollar store didn’t have one big enough) in their dollar bins we found squishy light up orange spiky jack-o-lantern. We also found small acrylic leaves and pumpkins. We picked up a squishy caterpillar and a pack of foam acorns from the dollar section.
Total cost of this sensory bin – $16, not including the bin itself. We’ll use the bin the way it is (but adding different utensils such as table spoons, big cooking spoons, scoops, etc throughout the month) until at least the 31st of this month. Past the 31st, I can easily take out the more Halloween themed items (skeletons, spiders, etc) and put in things we already have – fabric leaves, real leaves from outside, real acorns, etc. That bin we could use until the end of fall in mid December. $16 for something that will last over 2 months and that we can reuse parts of throughout the year for various activities and all together again next year, not too bad!
The girls love it. The first day we used it we set it up and played with it before nap. I told them the rules [Beans must stay in the bin, if they come out please pick them up] as I set it up. After nap, it was the first thing both of them wanted to play with. They were still playing with it after I left. The next day we added their stacking cups to the mix and M even came up with the idea of using a magnifying glass as a scoop to fill the cups.
They’ve played with this for hours already. I’d count this as a success. It’s a perfect rainy day activity and a boredom buster as well. I’m already thinking of new items for our next sensory bin!

Aly

Sensory Bin

Now that the girls are out of the “every single thing must go in my mouth” stage, I was finally able to do something I’ve been waiting to with them for a long time. We made a sensory bin!

Today, I’m going to share what a sensory bin is, what it can do for your child, how to make a sensory bin, and where to find items to go in the sensory bin.

First, what is a sensory bin? Basically, it is a bin that includes items that appeal to many of your child’s senses. For sight – draw them in with multiple colors, bold, and contrasting colors. For sound – think of the sound your substrate, or base (rice, sand, beans, etc), makes against the objects inside the bin and on the bin itself. Touch – put different textured items in; sticky, slippery, soft, hard, rough, smooth, etc. Smell isn’t a sense I strive to appeal to in a sensory bin, but you can scent your substrate if you want or add different scented objects (small balls of scented play dough, flowers, etc).

What can a sensory bin do for your child you ask? Easy answer. Almost anything you want it to. Children, especially those 3 and under learn through their senses. You can count the objects, add some, take away some, to help learn math skills. Put different objects in that your child isn’t familiar with to learn new item names and descriptive words to improve their language skills. Use water beads as your base for a science aspect. Not only does it improve cognitive skills, but it improves physical skills as well. As children pick up small items they improve their fine motor skills. When they move them from one area of the bin to another or from one cup to another, they’re also improving their eye hand coordination. I could go on and on. Plus, sensory bins are just plain fun!

Sensory bins are super easy to make too. You need some sort of container with a tight fitting lid (that way little hands are kept out when you don’t can’t actively supervise them) and tall enough sides so that what’s in the bin won’t come out easily, and then materials to go in it. You could use something as simple as a shoe box (put it in an out of reach place when not in use, and be sure to not use any wet materials in it) or you could purchase a sensory bin with a stand from a store like Lakeshore. I opted for a simple bin. We purchased this 34 quart storage bin from Target (Kmart sells it online for $10, Target has it in store only, but cheaper) for around $9. It can hold any substrate (provided it doesn’t get cracked), it’s big enough for both girls to play in without being crowded, and small enough to be moved easily.

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Making a sensory bin doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. You can fill it with simple items from around the house, grocery store, dollar store, and dollar bins at Target. If you want to go the more pricey route, you can buy sensory bases at Lakeshore.
Check back tomorrow to see what we put in our first sensory bin – our theme is Halloween and Fall.

Aly

Sidewalk paint: A Review.

The other day, I picked up Crayola’s sidewalk paint kit. It says it’s for ages 3+, but that’s because of the small parts. Personally, I think as long as your child is monitored, any age could really use this. Like all Crayola products, it is non-toxic, but I wouldn’t allow your child to eat it. The girls love painting and they love being outside. I figured that they pretty much would have to love this. I was right. 
They were excited before I even got it out of the package. We talked about it over and over before breakfast, and M even had me bring it up with us while they ate breakfast. Once we headed outside with it, there were some squeals of pure excitement as I opened it. The girls dove right in, using it to paint the sidewalk.
It comes with three, 8oz bottles of paint – blue, yellow, and pink. Each color is bright and a great consistency. Not too thick, but not thin enough that it runs off the brush either. It comes with a reusable tray, with a spot to hold both the paint once it’s squeezed out, but also to stand up the bottles as well. [Note: It also comes with 3 pieces of chalk, but we didn’t use those this day]
The girls painted for almost an hour straight [aside from 5 minutes when we saw a caterpillar crawling by]. Not only did they paint the sidewalk, but they also painted acorns and leaves. The kit includes the paint, tray, a roller sponge, and a big paint brush. It could just be the “nanny to twins” in me, but I wish they had put more than one of each painting tool in. We have some paint brushes since we paint so often, so I was able to bring out a second one, but they had to share the roller, which of course was the most desired tool. The girls are really good about taking turns (I am lucky, I know) and tend to not have issues with sharing, but I wanted this activity to be more fun than a lesson on patience. Either way, we were able to work it out and each of the girls had a few turns with the roller.
Aside from wishing there were two rollers and two brushes included (but understanding why they aren’t), my only other wish would be that there was more paint! We used around 1/2 a bottle of each color in one hour. I tried to find refill bottles, and all I could track down was this listing on Amazon. $40 for just the paint? No thanks. You can buy the whole kit for 1/4 of that price. I’d assume they’ve jacked up the price because the refills are hard to come by, but still it’s ridiculous when you can buy the kit for $10 at Target.

We talked about the colors they were making as they mixed them together. They were fascinated by the colors on the brush changing as they dipped it into another color. Not only did the sidewalk, acorns, and leaves get painted, but so did the girls. They were covered in paint. 

In true Crayola form, the paint is washable. I can attest to this. The girls clothes went right into the wash once we went inside, looking like this:
When I pulled them out of the wash, they were nice and clean. No paint left on them what so ever. This was such a fun experience for the girls, combining some of their favorite things, painting and being outside. I can’t wait to find another day where we can use sidewalk paint again!
Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. 

Aly