Over the weekend we visited with friends who have a whole art “kit” that they bring out, often after lunch, for anyone to participate in: some gouache paint, brushes, and watercolor paper in both postcard and 5×7 size. Since they have a “no screens on weekends in the country” rule, this becomes an activity that they can offer up to their kids, and that they can do all together. They recently bought these books (below) to up their game a bit, and also to help their 9 and 15 year old boys have some direction if they wanted it. Personally, I thought it was so relaxing to sit down, figure out what I wanted to paint, and to spend the time to do it. It’s something we can all do that is really just under our nose.