Freeform Katia

May 30, 2008

facepainting and childproofing

Filed under: friends, maja — Tags: , , — freeformkatia @ 8:47 am

I discovered recently that while my house is child proofed for babies and preschoolers… it is not childproofed for school-aged children. Ask me how I found this out. Well, let me tell ‘ya

We had invited our new neighbours and their two children — a 5 year-old and a toddler — over to our house for breakfast: bagels, coffee, juice, etc. Despite the age difference, Maja and their older daughter play fairly well together and had escaped upstairs to play away from the adults and babies. Happy sounds were coming from up there, so clearly there was no reason to investigate. HAH! We were wrong. So very very wrong. Because, you see, the difference between 5 year olds and 3 year olds is that 5 year olds can read; they have more reasoning powers and are just a little more likely to start up a project/activity that a 3 year old probably wouldn’t think of.

You’re just dying to know what they did, aren’t you?

Paint. The kids found a paint-by-numbers kit that I had stashed in a cupboard and completely forgotten about. They opened the kit, opened the paints and proceeded to do some facepainting. With acrylic paints. No wonder they were laughing.

No harm was done and 99.9% of the paint ended up on their faces. Maja emerged as a beautiful butterfly and her friend was a Cheetah (I first guessed a tiger, but I was soon corrected). The only problem: when acrylic paint dries it shrinks… and guess what? It doesn’t wash off with soap and water.



  1. you didn’t take pictures???

    Comment by Lynette — May 30, 2008 @ 10:21 am

  2. Oh just you wait! My 5-year-old Maya did the same thing,
    but her choice of medium was PERMANENT magic marker. The
    kind you use to label your kids’ stuff for daycare. She
    thought it would look rather beautiful to give herself
    a manicure/pedicure with the stuff & color her face too.
    There’s a great kiddie book on this. I’ve forgotten the title, but
    will let you know.

    Comment by Leona — May 30, 2008 @ 11:56 am

  3. heh. I think I have to say: I’m glad it wasn’t scissors and they didn’t play ‘hairdresser’.

    Comment by freeformkatia — May 30, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

  4. Apparently, I actually did that when I was three or four. My mum came into my room in the morning & found me with hair all over the bed, scissors thrown on the floor & very short hair. I actually remember the sensation of wanting to cut something with scissors & not being able to find any paper. Ok, gotta do some work!

    Comment by Leona — May 30, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

  5. Well, if we’re bragging, I set the kitchen on fire when I was four. Maybe two. Big enough to reach those dials. Didn’t try cutting my own hair until I was six (and then I just cut out the snarls! it should have been a big help!).

    I should be grateful my kid has only written on the flooring. And the walls. And a little bit of furniture…

    Comment by Marianne — May 30, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

  6. I agree with Lynette. Where are the pics? I wanted to see Maja as a butterfly. I’m sure she was (and still is) beautiful.

    Gosh, I don’t have any brag episodes. The worst I did was draw a huge pic on a hard wood floor with crayons. I thought it looked much better with the pretty colors on it.

    Comment by knittedgems — May 30, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

  7. Wow! Adventures in parenthood, huh? I hope you took pictures. :)

    Comment by Laura — May 31, 2008 @ 4:04 pm

  8. Spanish soap products now availible on the net direct to you!

    Comment by Mr Culpepper — January 12, 2009 @ 11:21 am

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