When I worked in child care one of my favorite things do with the kids was to paint. It's a love I've carried over to mommy-hood and the boys and I usually tackle a couple paint projects a week. A lot of fun can be had with just paint and a brush (or fingers), but sometimes it's nice to spice it up a bit. Here are some of my favorite ways to make painting even more fun.
Marbled Shaving Cream Prints
|supplies: tempera paint, paper, spoons, container with sides, & marbles|
process: lay paper inside pan, drop marbles in paint, spoon marbles on to paper, tilt pan back and forth to roll marbles, or push them around with a spoon
Watercolor Crayon Resist
|supplies: water colors*, paper, masking tape, stencils, foam brushes & a white crayon, |
process: draw design with white crayon, paint paper using watercolors
*you can do this activity using traditional watercolor cakes or even diluted food coloring. i really enjoy using
liquid watercolors because the are easy to work, versatile, and last forever
|supples: tempera paint, dish soap, water, spoon, straw, wide shallow bowl, paper|
process: mix together approximately 1 C water, 1 T dish soap, and 3/4 T tempera paint, use straw
to blow bubbles, press paper down on top of bubbles.
Bath Pouf Painting
|supplies: tempera paint, bath pouf, & paper|
process: dip pouf into paint and the press to paper.
Cookie Cutter Prints
|supplies: tempera paint, cookie cutters, paper|
process: dip cookie cutters on to paper and then press to paper
You may have noticed that all our paper in the examples was egg shaped - for the last couple weeks we have been working on decorating our house for Easter.
These techniques, however, can be adapted for any theme or for no theme at all - just fun. If you are interested in even more paint ideas, here are some from our archives.