All children love to paint! I have some ways to make it easy for your children to explore painting in their free afternoon activities that will help them get creating more.
Children love colorful things, and they love to use their hands, so painting is a great activity to explore. Many parents shy away from it because of the mess of painting, but I have a few tips that will help you manage it and teach proper care for painting with your kids.
I have a plastic table cloth just for crafts like painting that will protect our table. Our children know that they must first get that out and cover our table before getting paint out. They also have paint shirts, old button shirts of my husband's, is stored next to the plastic table cloth and must be put on before paint.
I like to have all my supplies in one place for easy free afternoon activities and clean up.
I start introducing my children to explore painting with washable tempera paint, and only get primary colors to teach color mixing for other color possibilities. I like to use a palette with room for mixing or even paint cups, to keep the paint from spilling all over, with foam plates.
Another paint that younger children love is washable water colors, but you will want to be sure they only have a small amount of water and paper towels to keep from making a bigger mess.
For clean up, I love to have a place just for their paint work to dry. You could use twine and large thumb tacks to display them on a wall (assuming they do not have so much paint that it will drip off) while they dry or just lay them on a flat surface.
I also like to have a garbage bag, paper towels and wipes available for quick clean up.
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