I let Izzy loose with the paints for a while before cleaning her up, sitting her at the table and pleading with politely asking her to do a nice neat hand print.
We made a canvas showing Izzy’s handprints at 3 months, age 1, age 2 and now we were attempting the three year handprint. We would have had plenty of space to add another in 12 months time but she wouldn’t listen, grabbed the canvas and plonked her purple covered hand down in the empty space. It is a pretty good handprint though. We might still be able to squeeze in a 4 year old handprint.
I do have to sometimes remind myself when we are attempting anything creative that I should just let her go for it and use her imagination, instead of trying to control and create mini masterpieces. Even when she paints the whole piece of paper in one colour (usually brown after she’s mixed all the paints together), she’s so happy and proud of herself. But then she is always happy and proud when she is making a mess!