18: dear "non-toxic" fingerpaints
I'm sure your snobby cousin would be appalled and your neat-freak cousin might not be thrilled, but I think you are awesome. It's true, I did not make you from pressing the tender leaves of baby spinach and blending the vibrant green juices with all-natural products grown in my own backyard free of pesticides and grumpy attitudes, so no, my kid can't eat you. (She might have licked her fingers once. She's still happy and thriving, so we're good.)
Thanks for being cheap and accessible and for creating really great ways for my kid to make a mess, indoors and out of doors. I thrill to the sound of "Paint time, pees, Mama?" and know that in mere moments, the belly/chin/knees/elbows/hair of a happy two year old will be speckled with your friendly hues.
a mama who's working intently to make sure we have messy memories and creative outlets