Ultimate List for Painting with Kids
Painting is one of our favorite craft items in our house. My daughters and I love a good paint session, plus there are so many different crafts you can do with paint. Today, I wanted to give you some ideas on tools to use with paint, plus some fun paint alternatives. So join me as I list our favorites on this list of ultimate painting ideas!
First, I want to tell you some of my favorites that I have for painting.
- Paint Smocks – These are awesome and are used multiple times a week. Plus they cover all of my kids, so there is no worry about paint on clothes.
- Baby Wipes are my go to for cleaning up. They clean the tables, floors and kids super easily and I am in love with them.
- I use basic washable paints. We often give the girls a bunch on Christmas and birthdays so that they last the whole year.
- Cheap paper plates make the best palette for kids to put their paints onto.
Ultimate Painting List
Painting without directions.
I love giving my girls the chance to just paint. Sometimes it is on our easel and other times on a canvas. This allows them to be creative and just go ahead with themselves. Children now are often told exactly how to do everything. So, giving them a chance to just be creative is a great way for them to build their minds. This is a time that I ask if they want to use their fingers or paint brushes and I lay out the paint for them.
We recently did this, learning the letter C. It was a total success. I put the paint on the paper plate. However, I think it would work even better if you put little paint spots on a big paper and ran the cars through it. My daughter loved doing this and seeing all the different tracks the cars made. This activity ties great with some car washing afterwards. I just put a little soap and water in a bucket and gave her a sponge.
3. Paint with Marshmallows
My daughter loved doing this. I did set some marshmallows aside for eating and then set up others for painting. Using an egg carton, I put the paint in the different spots and then put one marshmallow in each opening. It worked beautifully and we had some great time painting with circles.
4. Paint with Cotton balls
Using clothespins to hold the cotton balls, we were able to make quite a few masterpieces.
Food dye and water in an ice cube tray. I used some sticks and stuck them in so that we had handles to paint with. We did this in the winter and while it was fun, we did have to wait for the ice to melt a bit. I think I would save this activity for outdoors in the summer. Lay out some paper and rub the ice cubes on the paper in the summer sun!
6. White Crayon with Water Colors
First draw all over the paper with the white crayon and then get the water colors out. As the child paints on the paper the magic with happen!
7. Salt & Water color
In this fun craft you use salt as glitter. Create your design with Elmer’s Glue and then cover with salt. Throw away the excess. Wait for it to dry and then touch the salt with the watercolor paints.
Coffee filters make an excellent suncatcher for decorating the windows. This is a fun craft and coffee filters are cheap!
Yup with pudding! This is great for finger painting with littles! Because it is not the end of the world if they eat it! Simply make vanilla pudding and add food coloring. It does dry, however, the thick spots will take awhile.
10. Flour Paint
With flour in a bowl add a tsp of water till it is the consistency of paint. Add in food dye. This is also a great one for little kids who love to put everything in their mouths.
11. Sponge Painting
Sponge painting is so fun! I cut the sponges into various shapes and give the girls their plate of paint. They enjoy seeing what they can create. There are also sponges with different textures if you want to get super arty!
Put some masking tape on a canvas and have the child paint the picture. When they are done tear the tape away. Gives a super neat look and a masterpiece to keep.
13. Painting with Feet
Same idea as handprint painting however, with your feet. This past summer I set up a long roll of newpaper print paper and set up various plates with paint on them. The girls would run through the paint and then run down the paper. It was fun for them. Plus, a great sensory activity.
Water down some paint and put them in dollar store squirt guns. Aim and shoot at your paper. This is fun and kids love it!
I have seen people create makeshift paintbrushes with flowers and such. It looks cool and definitely something I will try this summer. However, we use acorns in a pan with a paper on the bottom. Then put a few blotches of paint down and shake the pan around. It made some really cool designs.
16. Bath Tub Paints
I normally purchase the bathtub paint. However, my friend Lydia had an awesome idea! She takes shaving cream, using food dye to color it, and puts it in the bath tub. Washes right off. She throws in some sponges, a toothbrush and whatever other fun thing she can find.
17. Apple or Potato painting
For apples you simply cut it in half and you will see the star. I actually place a popsicle on the other side so my girls have a handle to hold. For a potato, you can actually carve out a design for a neat stamp.
18. Paint with Q-tips
This is a super fun way to build fine motor skills with your littles. For older kids, talk about how some artist used the point technique to create pictures and have them give it a go!
For now, these are all the different methods we have tried! I will build this list over time. So make sure to check back and see what other ways you can best use painting with kids!
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