Bring on the messy.

Dylan likes stuff that’s messy.

He’s a kid whose fingernails are never, ever going to pass a close inspection. Generally a periphery glance is enough to reveal that he likes to play in the dirt.

That periphery glance will also reveal that his mom gets lazy about cutting/cleaning fingernails, but that’s a whole different issue. I have three kids! That’s sixty nails! SIXTY! It’s a little overwhelming, okay!?! I feel your judgment and feel I must explain myself. I know their nails are dirty. I know their nails are well past anything considered an appropriate length and are approaching “claw” territory. I just don’t have the energy right now to cut THIRTY little dirty fingernails and THIRTY little toenails okay?!? Whew. Glad I got that off my chest. Thanks for listening. You’re so very understanding.

So…back to the messy.

In trying to teach Dylan to write his letters, the messier the better. Practicing with a simple paper and pencil? Not so motivating. Spraying shaving cream all over the table and “writing” his letters in the foamy messiness? He’s all over it.

Last night we busted out the flour. Yes, I said flour. Yes, that picture below was taken at my kitchen table. SIDENOTE: I am a weirdo for thinking this was a good inside activity. This should have totally been taken outside. To which all the logical mothers respond, “DUH!”


Lauryn got in on the action too, and the mess grew exponentially.


My eldest born, a child after his father’s heart, took one look at our ambitious project, shook his head, and sighed, “Mommy, you’re going to have a huge mess to clean up.”

And Dylan just grinned.


To Dylan’s future kindergarten teacher: I am happy to report that Dylan will enter your class knowing all his letters and the sounds they make. You may, however, need some shaving cream and/or flour for him to prove it.

2 comments on “Bring on the messy.

  1. That is too cute! I admire your ambition to try such a messy activity and I think that kind of fun parenting makes up for not cutting the fingernails.

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