“The process is more important than the goal”. Yesterday, I took the kids to @splatpainthouse where they got to immerse themselves artistically. It helped that there were many talented visitors around us experimenting with marbling and blow painting.
In this second floor shophouse studio, mess is encouraged and celebrated. The walls and floors are blotched with bits of dried paint and visitors can do anything they want with the resources available. There are no trainers to advise on art techniques. It’s pretty therapeutic. There’s no stress of having to paint within the lines or be graded on your completed piece.
Limited only by their own creativity, the kids blew paint out a straw, flicked their paintbrushes against the canvas, mixed and poured and used their hands to feel the paint. At one point, Emmett even dipped the string of his hoodie into green paint because he wanted to “paint the snake green”.
Would I bring them back? Certainly. It’s not extremely affordable but I’ll gladly pay the premium so I don’t lose my marbles wiping paint off the ceiling.
Splat Paint House
207a Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574346
Growing up, I always knew I wanted to have children because of how cuddly and squishy infants are. I also used to tell others that I only liked babies because preschoolers were little brats. There is a Korean description – 미운다섯살 – that translates to “Detestable Five”.
I remember holding Elise as a newborn and wishing she would stay tiny for longer. Nope, it didn’t happen. She is now five. 😭 Having been propelled into big sister status at two meant a lot of my attention was naturally diverted. She sometimes gets into physical altercations with Emmett, yet she is fiercely protective of him everywhere else. 🙄
Generally, she is quite a pleasant child to be around! I was worried that she would be alienated due to her condition but Elise is strong indeed. She doesn’t let it get in her way. When unknown kids at the playground discuss her eye in front of her, I get infuriated on her behalf, yet she just brushes it off and tells them it’s her magic eye.She is proactive in making new friends and I always know she’ll do fine in new classes. She doesn’t mind making herself look silly if makes others laugh. Her repertoire includes the “Rody Dance”, inspired by the robot in Pororo and an incredulous “huh, WHAT?!” that comes complete with an eye roll. One of the things I like the most about her is that she’s not demanding. She wanted a unicorn rainbow cake, but lazy mama here just got her to choose her a tiny cake off the shelf from Chateraise, and they surely didn’t have what she wanted. Neither did she ask where her birthday gift was. It is nowhere, because I buy gifts randomly so they don’t expect presents each birthday.She’s also an animal lover and likes “cats and dogs but cats a little bit more”. Her current ambition is to become a zookeeper and she is prepared to do the dirty work of clearing animal poop in addition to caring for them. Let’s see how that goes!