I volunteer twice a week at Piper's school, one day I am a lunch lady (so much fun!) and another day I go into her class and help with art projects. Usually the teacher has a project ready to go that coincides with whatever they are learning at the moment. But this week I took in a bunch of watercolor trays and brushes and just let them have at it. I do this with my kids and their friends all the time so I know how into it they get, but it was so cool to see a crazy bunch of loud, hot, tired and distracted 5 year olds all calm down and sit quietly and share paint trays and talk about how the colors mix up and want "more paper please" and to be so confident in what they are doing. (I think that's one of the things I love to see most in a child--confidence--they all have it in a very innate way and I think it is sooooooooooo important for grown-ups to tread lightly so we don't squash that confidence that they are born with.)
Anyway, we had fun, making art. I brought their work home and mounted it for them on cardstock and strung it up with some yarn and a couple of beads just for fun so they can hang it proudly on their wall at home.