There is something so fascinating and exciting about getting your face painted as a child. To look like and become another character is to embark on an adventure it would seem, and I love to see how in their innocence they genuinely believe that we only see a lion, Spiderman or a butterfly! How lovely to have half of a day where you think you have transformed into something exciting and dreamy!
Ethan and Megan have always loved dressing up, pretend play and having us believe they are no longer themselves but now a dog or skeleton (or whatever the occasion is) and whilst at times getting Megan the doggy to cooperate is 10 times harder than the real Megan, it is a lot of fun to see the joy make believe brings to them. I like that it often unites them as siblings and friends and in situations where there is an opportunity to dress up or have their face painted there is a lot of thought for the other to come along for the adventure too!
Face painting has never been a scary prospect for either of them, because to them both it is another level of being a different character and playing them…so yesterday when we attended my nieces birthday party they were delighted to see the face painter my sister had booked. They leaped for joy together and knew immediately what they wanted and then they were beyond excited to show me their transformations into “Hello Kitty” and “Spiderman” and I just loved it. I loved that they complimented one another on how great they looked and that something so ordinary was so exciting and special for them both.
Face painting really is such an ordinary part of childhood and something a lot of kids do love. I am glad that mine love it, have no allergies to it and can embrace the joy of make believe and pretend! Its so lovely to watch and something I hope lasts a couple more years at least!