We started our painting adventure with a very cutesy handprint project. The kids sat patiently while I painted each child’s hand and instructed them where to place there hand on the paper and then quickly helped them pull their painty little fingers off of the paper so we had these very perfect little handprints. I then whisked these perfect little handprints to a safe place to dry, leaving the kids waiting and wanting more! I had promised painting and that certainly was not painting. I knew that I would soon have a mutiny if I didn’t do something. And the last thing I wanted was a mutiny from a group of toddlers with painted hands! We dug in the recycle bin and what luck! We had tons of perfect paintables! Painting on recycled materials provides new textures and dimensions. Not to mention that literacy, “Mom, I painted the L!” We even had some sticks and rocks laying around to paint. What a beautiful mess!