What is “Mealtime Monets”? It is the thing that will save your sanity!!! Ok, I like to exaggerate, but still… it is a tool that will give you free time while your children practice real art skills that relate to Classical Conversations or drawing in general. I’m calling it “Mealtime Monets” because dinner prep is the time I find I need a bit of space, yet my children (and dog) like to be stealthily right behind me every time I walk to the sink so that I trip over them as I back up. Or they ask to help make dinner as I’m in a whirlwind panic of pulling the baked chicken out of the oven as I remember that I forgot to make the rice (again). I do love having my children cook with me, and we do this often, but there are some nights that I’d like to have them occupied while I’m working on it. And when I realize I’ve screamed “Just go play OUTSIDE!” four times, I need to find an alternative for them to do.
Mealtime Monets are helpful because your kids can sit at the kitchen table and work on the projects while you’re near them in the kitchen. They like this, of course. Even if you don’t use the projects near dinner time, they are a good way of keeping kids occupied and engaged in something meaningful while you do something else (like work on math with another kid. Or have some time by yourself). They use simple materials and little prep time. Perfect.