As we go throughout our lives, everyone has the same amount of time in the day. Each of us is given 24 hours to juggle and figure out how to best utilize this precious resource. Some of us like to sleep, others get up and exercise, and some rock kids to sleep from a bad dream or a teething issue in the middle of the night. At the end of the day, 24 hours is the same amount of time for all of us and if we utilize our time to our best ability, each day is a success!
As a mother of four children, I sometimes let them play on devices and screen time so that I can have some quiet, uninterrupted ME time. Maybe I’m selfish, maybe I’m a slacker of a mom, or maybe I’m just a normal mom that needs to decompress from the daily activities from work or life. It’s not always the BEST use of their time but it allows adults to have some time to process daily events.
The COVID pandemic reinforced the idea that time spent with youth is precious and important. Taking the extra time to engage with youth is vital for their development. It is also satisfying to take the time to have fun and engage with children and be an active participant in what they are doing.
Here is a simple Cloverbud activity that is important, fun and exciting, and has no “time stamp” on it. Youth can take minutes or hours to paint a picture with pudding!
Pudding Finger Paint is a fun and safe way for children to make a colorful (and tasty) painting. I love hands-on activities for kids that let children explore and use their creativity. Pudding Finger Paint is a safe way for children to make a one-of-a-kind art project.
- Vanilla Pudding
- Food Coloring
- Muffin Pan or Small Bowls
- Plastic Tablecloth (optional), cookie sheet, or waxed paper
- Prepare the Vanilla pudding according to the directions on the package. After the pudding has cooled, divide it evenly into a 6-cup muffin pan or six small bowls. (You can use ready-to-eat vanilla pudding as well).
- Add 4-6 drops of food coloring to each cup or bowl. Stir until the food coloring has blended with the pudding and it has changed color.
- Use the pudding to finger paint on a hard surface such as the kitchen table. Use a plastic tablecloth on the kitchen table or floor to contain the mess and make clean up easy or use a cookie pan or a sheet of waxed paper as the base for the painting.
- You could also use a large piece of paper (or cardstock) for the base of the project so the child can take it home or give to another family member or friend.