Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Love of a Bohemian Mama

I am having one of those moments in life where everything seems to be coming together - Finally!! I think it is a combination of embracing serendipity and trusting that what you put out into the universe will ultimately come back to you.

And what better to follow "that" up with, than a new edition of: The Love of a Bohemian Mama. If you missed the first one from last week, you can check it out here.

The Love of a Bohemian Mama: Play with Your Food! 

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When I became a Mom, I think what I was most excited about doing with my boys were all of the arts and crafts that I remembered doing as a child. I always think of the quote by Picasso: "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” It is my goal to support my boys as naturally born artists. 

One of the best ways to introduce arts and crafts to your child is to make it hands on, simple, and fun! Fruit and Vegetable art is my favorite! Children Love to feel the fruits and vegetables, and are amazed at what beautiful shapes they create using paint. 

Cucumbers, apples, avocados, lemons, star fruit, bell peppers, onions, and oranges cut in half make beautiful imagery. Broccoli, potatoes, cauliflower, and carrots make intricate designs. Asparagus makes the perfect paint brush. Corn on the cob makes an excellent rolling pattern. Be creative!



You can find an assortment of non-toxic, washable paints at your local craft store. But if you are interested in making your own, I found a wonderful DIY watercolor how to and recipe on lilac silhouette; and the best part is, it is easy, non-toxic, and most ingredients are probably already in your kitchen. Click here for the DIY. 

Photo by Heather Hackett
I know my 2.5 year old son James is going to Love making art with fruits and vegetables; but my 10 month old son Oliver might be a bit too young to really get the most out of this wonderful activity. So in case you too have a baby in the family, here is another fun way to play with food: Simply fill a tub with pastas and child friendly kitchen utensils. Your child is sure to have a wonderful time. 


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xoxo
Samantha

9 comments:

  1. What a great idea!! I SO wish that I wasn't such a neat freak, because the thought of all that mess totally stresses me out! I have no idea how to overcome that...

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  2. You're so rad, I can't wait to meet you and your boys. xo

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  3. Art was only second to reading when I was a child. There's all this buzz around that GD "tiger mom" and it makes me sad. The world needs more nurturing, fun mothers like you!

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  4. Oh my, we must be on the same page because after we made our juice, we use the rinds to make stamps. I did bottle or can a few for a friend who is teaching my little history and science in her garage school room. I think there needs to be a balance between "tiger mom" and "what ever makes you happy mom"

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  5. Such a great idea and the results are adorable! Loving your blog!

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  6. so cute - you must be a great mom :)

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  7. I suddenly want to play like a 5-year-old. Can I come over?

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