The other day I bought a Rainbow Art Kit at the thrift store, brand new, not open. I had never seen one like this before, so I had no clue how to use it. Since we bought it, he kept bugging me to use it, so after a few days, I gave in and brought it out. There were several brush sizes and the hard paint pucks were glued to the tray, so he dipped the brush into some water and went over one paint puck to get some color going.
He did a few paintings for Papa and for Nanielle (Danielle, which is hubby’s colleague) with 1 color for each. Then he wanted the big brush, so we wet that one and tried to figure out how the heck to get the one color on all of the brush…
…until of course our little genius rubbed it horizontally on all the colors the brush would cover and made a rainbow on his paper, then I literally smacked myself on the forehead and realized that’s why those paint puck aren’t movable and why they have the big wide brush! When he saw all the colors he flipped out, all happy (for more details on the technique, please click HERE)! And he wouldn’t stop making paintings! So I kept asking him who they were for, after a while he kept repeating the same people so I suggested more of the ones he sees often at stores we go to (small town, lol), since they are his small circle of people, it is hard to get much deeper with a two year old. We also talked about all the colors in a rainbow.
The next day, we brought the paintings to Papa’s office for everyone, I gave them to him one by one and he delivered them to each, everyone was happy. The next day we had a few errands to run so we stopped at the dollar store to give the 2 ladies there their paintings, they we very happy and surprised. We also stopped at the grocery store to give the 2 ladies that are always very nice to him their rainbow paintings. One was there, for the other one it took three tries to meet her, but they both were very touched, shows that to do good deeds sometimes you gotta be patient, lol. They stayed in people memories too, has 1/2 a week later Henriette was still all happy and gave Nico a big kiss on the cheeks and thanked him again
Nico likes seeing people happy and will often give us a toy or a drawing/painting to make us smile. I think it’s important to teach him that you don’t need to buy things to make others happy, but putting a little time and thought into a gift can often be worth a lot more to the recipient than a big expensive one and I think that with this activity Nico truly expanded his circle, since this has been the first time that he did something like this for people outside of the family. What I find great is that it was him, who initiated this expansion, I just facilitated and aided him to reach out. He loves giving things he made and frankly I love watching him being happy doing so