Painting with kids
Kids love to paint but I know that parents are apprehensive because of the mess it creates and the cleaning up that’s left to do. With little guidance n some tricks it can be made a pleasant and fun experience for kids as well as their parents!
These are my five tips for painting with children:
- FIND A PLACE WHERE IT IS OK TO GET MESSY.
Otherwise you will be stressed about the paint getting on the upholstery, furniture, floor or your walls. Believe me, that kind of limitation will kill the experience. Find a place in the garden, garage, and backyard or in their room. Spread mats all around and do it on the floor of their room.
- USE AN EMPTY EGG CARTON OR PLASTIC CHOCOLATE TRAYS TO HOLD THE PAINT.
These are the best options to use as a colour palette as they require zero washing up!
- CHOOSE PAINTS WISELY SO THEIR BRUSHSTROKES FLOW FREELY.
Craft paints are watery and also are cheap so you can have lots of colours without the mixing. Wall paint also works well for larger areas and dripping.
- PUT NEWSPAPER DOWN.
This one is simple. Cover the surface with news paper before they start to paint. Not only does this protects the surface but it gets easier to clean up – fold the news paper and throw it away!
- GIVE THEM DIFFERENT BRUSHES TO USE.
An interesting painting has varied sizes of marks making. Different brushes also give them experience on how to use different tools for different applications.