There is something magical about creating in the studio, but it sounds cheesy coming from me:) I hope you will have your own experience and remember it forever. There is something else that was an "accidental" magical moment, and you can easily create it at home!
I tore a tendon in my dominant wrist this summer. It was NO JOKE and I'm pretty sure it was from wrangling my adorable baby. I still love her, but it was a dark time. PT told me to squeeze therapy clay (silly puddy) to strengthen my muscles. Simultaneously, one kid was working on fine motor strength in OT and the other really wanted to do an elaborate car wash in my driveway. I am all about child labor, so I ordered a pack or auto sponges immediately.
When they arrived, it all clicked. These sponges can help so many people in our family right now.
A SPONGE! Who would have thought?
So, you'll hear me tell your children, "Use your art muscles to make the bubbles bigger and bigger! You have to squeeze and work at it." I started doing this to help my wrist, an OT kiddo exercise, and get my car cleaned;)
Now, little ones sometimes don't know how to squeeze such a big sponge. It could also be challenging, but that isn't a bad thing. Just model or do "hand over hand" with them to show them how to squeeze. I also barely give them any water and soap directly on the sponge. Dishwashing soap makes the best bubbles, but you know your kiddo's skin or just pull what you have.
I'm a recovering germaphobe, so I use the DHS bleach water ratios to disinfect the sponges, set them out in the sun or use a hot hair dryer to completely dry them. I also wash and dry them with the art shirts. You can decide for yourself what your comfort level with sponges is...that's an entirely different conversation!! I also wash and dry mine with the art shirts in the laundry.
As we start to lose daylight in the afternoons, consider setting up a bubble station. Just put a towel down + shallow pan + very little water + sponge + soap. Make their hand muscles do the work to get the bubbles out!
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