Painting with water is a classic outdoor play and fine motor activity for the youngest children! We tried this activity when E was D's age so we are revisiting it again!
This post is the launch of a series called From E to D Version 2.0 where we will look back at activities E did when she was D's age then set up the same invitations for him. Some of the activities were posted here but some I weren't so they will be all new content!
In the summer of 2011 when E was 1 1/2 I encouraged her to paint with water. (This series will also showcase how different my photography and writing is two years later as I cringe to re-share that post with you!)
Three years later here is 16 month old D investigating the invitation to paint with water outside!
Redoing these activities is guaranteed to highlight the similarities and difference between the kids. D took a lot longer to swirl, splash, and play in the water using the brush first as a tool rather than a writing implement.
It is also very fun to see what E does with the invitation now as a preschooler versus what she did as a toddler! D's engagement and activity might change depending what she models. Here she was writing sentences.
Both E and D ended up painting their feet! They loved the sensory exploration involved! And they were both using their left hands!
D tried out different size brushes to see if they felt the same on his skin. What a calming, soothing exercise.