We have had so much rain here lately, which is great, but we haven't been able to play outside a whole lot. Yesterday afternoon was a great time to get out, so I decided to do an activity with Elijah that we had tried a few months back.
If your child wants to paint, but you don't want to deal with the mess, just paint with water! I think I remembered this idea from some childcare position I have had in the past and it's easy and fun. Elijah loves to play with the paint brushes, but it's a little too much now (with an 18 month old!) to pull out the paints very often.
Here's a glimpse into our painting session. Elijah painted a "train" and I painted a sun for him! ...And then the activity is over when he dumps out all of the water. Our water painting actually lasted much longer than I expected!