Friday, January 13, 2012

How to Paint With Kids and Not Make a Mess

How to Paint With Little Kids Without Making a Mess
This week, Munchkin Girl wakes up every morning and asks, "Mommy, can we dome some painting?"  Then she smiles and blinks her lashes.  I swear she doesn't learn these tricks from me.  But really, painting is so fun!!  However, I have heard many Moms, even Stay At Home Moms, who are scared of painting inside and don't let kids do any painting, for fear of making a mess.  Now, I totally understand why Moms are fearful, but it's so worth it!  It's such a great way to re-direct energy and help kids concentrate on something.  Plus, when they're done, they have something to be proud of!  Kids as young as twenty months can even have fun with painting and be reasonably clean about it.  So, if you're scared of painting, start with this:

You can buy this nice little tub of paint at Target or Walmart.  It comes with paint inside, which will only last one time, but after you use it, you can throw it in the dishwasher and then use it over and over.  The beauty of this is that it CONTAINS the paint.  They can't put their hands in it.  Just go buy several big tubs of Washable Tempura Paint from Hobby Lobby or Michaels and then you can refill these tubs every time you are ready to paint.  Plus, you can try these methods to contain the mess:

1.  Buy paintsmocks.  These can be found at Toys R Us or sometimes even Target or Walmart
2.  Buy several plastic tablecloths.  You can throw spread them on the table them away when you're done
3.  Tell the kids not to get messy.  Give them a wet paper towel and tell them to clean themselves if they get messy.  They might just listen to you!
4.  Lastly, for your first painting job, you might consider giving them an object to paint, like an egg carton or maybe even a wooden object from Hobby Lobby.  They really aren't very expensive and it also helps contain the fun if they are limited to painting an object

Washable Tempura usually comes out of clothes and trust me, your kids will have fun, which makes your life easier!

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  1. OOh what a great idea to reuse those little paint containers! Sometimes I just have no imagination. My 3rd child who loves painting is now 8, and this has never occured to be before. Thanks!


  2. Awesome idea! Lovin' the blog girl!
    A new friend passing through from the blog hop :)

  3. I am terrified of letting my kids paint inside :)

  4. My mother found a better way of avoiding a mess by sending me to art class;) but I will keep this in mind when I have kids!

  5. So funny you wrote this post today! Just yesterday I wrote a post about how I tense up at just the thought of letting my kids use glitter or paint for a project! Ha! It is true, paint is such a great way to let little ones create! I should definitely crack open the paint jars a little more often!

    Criss-Cross Applesauce

  6. nice post
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  7. Sometimes against my better judgement, I let my 4, 3, and 1 year old paint. I've tried a few different tricks but the youngest ones still always make a mess. I just try to grin and bear it since they enjoy it so much!

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