Cheetahs In My Shoes

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See It, Snap It, Love It – Messy


You may have gathered by now that I ‘do’ messy.   Some may say that I do messy rather too well and some look at me in a complete haze of bewilderment as I put together trays of cornflour, water and food colouring, get all the sprinkles out for a spot of cake or biscuit decorating or happily let the children make mud bombs in the garden.

I am thrilled that my children enjoy getting their hands (and feet, and to be fair, the rest of them) messy – they relish sticking their hands in stuff to see how it feels and what they can do with it.  We have been known to start outside with a roll of lining paper and some paint (in a bid to perhaps do some handprints) and finish with me hosing them off and then popping them straight into the shower after a few handprints turned into naked paint surfing down the garden.

Obviously I’m not going to post pictures of that – and as much as I’d love to post a mud fuelled gunk festival the children were much keener on staying inside (in the dry) this week.  So here’s a picture of our dining table –

We have on the go, pastels (dust everywhere), glitter pens, papercraft, different types of glue, ribbon, buttons, sequins, pens, the Brownie badge book, some fabric paints and goodness knows what else.  I will concede that there is a packet of wipes in the picture, but they are a permanent feature on the table – they get glue off the tablecloth ever so well!


Author: Jenny

Life, photos and recipes mixed with family life, additional medical needs and a whole load of imaginary friends

14 thoughts on “See It, Snap It, Love It – Messy

  1. Hehe. I think this amount of arts and crafts mess is bound to encourage their creativity. I’m a messy kind of girl, especially when being all arty. Great picture.
    And I’m glad I’m not the only one with wipes as a permanent dining table feature.
    Thanks for linking up. X

    • With the imagination that the Cheetah Keeper has mixed with this amount of creativity I’m sure to have a highly successful (*ahem – highly paid*) son – won’t I???? Wipes will be with you for some time yet… x

  2. Oh what fun! Can we come and play with you?

  3. Looks like great fun ! We love crafty mess in our house too, although do you ever run out of places to put the ‘creations’ and then feel bad about throwing them out ?!

    • I find myself humming the Peppa Pig Recycle song as I sneak out after the children are in bed. Sometimes I tell them we ran out of space so the recycling man’s taken them to make more craft stuff (eeek!). We do have a whole wall devoted to their gallery though…

  4. That looks like a lot of fun …. Little A is getting to that age that I need to start getting a whole art and crafts kit together. Great photo.

    • excellent – I had a whole cupboard waiting for mine to be old enough! Sainsburys are doing 3 for 2 at the moment, Tesco do super stuff and Wilkinsons is a pretty good source of paper/card and stuff like that. My top tip being buy decent paint and then mix it with a bit of washing up liquid before you use it – it washes out/off so much better! Have fun

  5. Oh wow that is a whole lot of creative mess!! Looks like good fun though!

  6. You’re very good – I’m not good at doing messy – too much of a control freak – tend to hover over the children when painting squealing at them to ‘not touch that’ or ‘don’t wave that around’. I know I shouldn’t but I just can’t help myself!

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