Our daycare is phenomenal. Stephanie's program is focused on letting the kids learn through play. They do tons of art and science activities, but don't wear aprons or smocks because then the kids aren't inhibited by the worry of "getting messy." Instead, our guidelines say that the kids need to come to school in clothes that can get dirty. This works for Owen.
During the summer, it was pretty common for me to pick him up and find 2 pairs of drenched clothes in his cubby. Stephanie would say, "some kids get REALLY into the water play..."
And last week, they had suspended giant balls of paper from the ceiling, so the kids could paint them as they swung around. Guess who though the best part was letting the painted balls smack him in the face?
Note, these pictures are after Stephanie gave him a thorough cleaning. I actually had to pick him up early that day because he was coughing so bad and Stephanie warned me that "the kids look like smurfs today."
(Oh, and yes, that's Owen testing out the Bumbo seat we are borrowing for Josh. We really didn't need any confirmation that he's got a skinny bum, but geez.)