I asked Ollie if he wanted to paint today and he said, "Yeah!". Most of the time he wants to run around like a wild monkey so I was pretty excited to see what he'd do. I busted out some coloring sheets I got from the library during the summer reading program and his crayola washable fingerpaints (got these on sale at toys r' us buy one get one free). We painted together, me working on some hand-lettering and paint doodles, him just going with the flow. I love how he doesn't know which hand he prefers to paint with. I love how he has to mix in every single color before he will paint one dab.
Seeing how much fun he had reminds me of a project I need to finish soon -- an outdoor easel inspired by a window easel at Pretend City in Irvine, and also several DIY ones I saw online (example below).
A couple months ago, I found a cool door with 4 glass panes at the local Habitat Re-store (an awesome resource for gently used building materials and homegoods). I'm not sure if glass is going to be safe enough, since the other DIY ones are plexi, but this was cheap and I have some extra lumber laying around to build a super sturdy base. I'll definitely post a before and after when I get around to doing the project.