Painting with kids can be a hassle to set up and a mess to clean up, but painting with kids is worth the mess! My kids have been doing a lot of painting lately. It’s a nice, calm activity that they enjoy outside of school, and it is a fun way for them to get creative while exploring colors and textures and building their fine motor skills! We always use Crayola washable paint (affiliate link). It produces beautiful, bright colors, and has washed out of every outfit I have tested in eight years of having kids paint now!
Today, I’m sharing one painting from each child, and ending with links to lots of fun painting activities! The one above is eight-year-old Emma’s color-coded version of the dream house whose design she continues to perfect.
Six-year-old Johnny tends to approach painting as a sensory experience – often painting with his hands. If you look at the edges of his painting, you can see that he explored with colors individually before ending with a jumble of colors turned into brown for his top layer.
Five-year-old Lily has always enjoyed color blocking, and lately she loves to add dots of white glue on top of blocks of color. I still love the little color blocked ducks she colored when she was two!
Two-year-old Anna loves painting as much as her siblings – and it is a great opportunity for her to build her fine motor skills! She has gotten pretty good at working with a paintbrush!
Painting takes a little more setup and cleanup than some projects, but I think the benefits make it worth the effort! It is a quiet, peaceful activity that gets kids thinking while they build their fine motor skills!
Fun Ways to Paint with Kids
Are you ready to paint with your kid? Here are some fun ideas from my Afterschool linky co-hosts!
- Glue and salt effects watercolor painting and Andy Warhol-inspired printmaking from Deceptively Educational
- Painting with herbs and exploring Northern Lights with kids through art from The Educators’ Spin On It
And here are a few activities from this blog:
- Paint with glue and a toothpick
- Paint with icicles
- Paint with cotton swabs (after completing a Q-tip challenge)
Since we are talking about painting, be sure to check out this corn painting activity that Enchanted Homeschooling Mom linked up last week, as well as this moon shadow model from Doodles and Jots has nothing to do with painting but is well worth trying with your kids!
What activities are your kids enjoying after school? I hope you will share your posts below! By linking up you give the linky hosts permission to feature your post and to pin it to our After School Activities board on Pinterest.