Step 1. Back away from Pinterest and pick something easy. Like coloring or basic watercolors. You can do this!
Step 2. Prepare. Lay down lots of paper to protect your table, gather and arrange all the necessary supplies – in fact, do so much preparing that by the time everything is ready, it’s also naptime and your kid goes to sleep instead.
Step 3. Keep the fancy supplies for yourself. Because when your kid mixes the green paint with the red paint with the yellow paint….it all turns brown in the end.
Step 4. Let go of your vision. I know you thought art time was about creating masterpieces, but if your kid just wants to dip her paintbrush in the water and put THAT on the paper instead….well, you just have to learn to let it go.
Step 5. Teach your kid the joy of cleaning up. Let her practice wiping things up with a cloth, boxing up the crayons and putting everything in its proper place. Seriously this is the best part of doing art with my kid…I highly recommend it.