You paid a significant amount of money to enter the amusement park. The place does not allow outside food. You know all-too-well that the park opens just late enough that by the time you get on a few rides, you are far away from your car with the cooler full of food. The brilliant park planners strategically place food courts right at that far-away place of hunger pain. $$$
Those same wise, money-making individuals also locate souvenir shops that you must go through before exiting rides. No matter where you turn, there is something tempting your children and emptying your wallets – or, in my case with four kids, making you be the evil “no” mommy yet again. $$$
The end of a long, fun day is now upon you. Just then, QUICK, distract the kids and walk quickly… point to something far away and SHOOT, you hear “Mom, look! I want to do that!” Then the other kids chime in with “me, too!” They saw it. A tiger, a princess, Spiderman, a fairy… there’s no way to escape it. Face painting. $$$
You know if you say “no,” the meltdowns will be heard around the world.
Then it hits you. The words seem to flow from a place of peace and serenity you never knew you had at 4:00 p.m. “When we get home, I will paint your faces.” You see the wheels inside their little minds turning as they think, “What? You can do that?” Why, yes. Yes, I can.
Here are 4 reasons to buy a face painting kit for your house:
- It saves $$$. Face painting kits come in all shapes and sizes. They can be purchased online or at local craft stores. Online coupon codes and even 40% off regular-priced item coupons can be found on the internet or in AZ Sunday papers. Instead of paying $10-$15 for one child to be transformed into a facial version of a Ninja Turtle, spend that much on a face painting kit (with your coupon or coupon code, of course). Now you can paint all your kids’ faces and even the neighbors’ kids, too.
- The fun lasts all year long. Whip out the face painting kit during play dates, on school holidays when all the kids are home, during hot summer days, Halloween, or even at family birthday parties with cousins. Get the older kids involved and let them paint other kids’ faces. Or, let them do their own faces, with a hand-held mirror. It is cute, free, and fun.
- You don’t have to be an artist to do it. Those numbered face painting examples at the parks are beautiful masterpieces. The good news is that your young kids cannot tell the difference between pro and amateur work. They just know their face is painted at the end; that makes them happy. Ask your child what he would like and search for a face painting tutorial. Then get all the facial artistry gear together, set the child in front of you, start and stop the online video as often as you need, and paint away. Before you know it, your child will be smiling from ear to ear, eager to show everyone.
- Mommy rocks. What child doesn’t love to walk around with their head held high, showing off their newly themed complexion? This leads to the best part: hearing their response to the question of who painted their face. Whether it is at school pick-up or the grocery store, when they say “Mommy did it!” with a huge smile on their face, you get that bit of affirmation that you’re alright. Even better than alright – you, Mommy, rock. It may not be the perfect design, but your child’s pride in you makes it faultless. Hey, who knows? Maybe with a little practice you might become a professional.