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Tips for Stress-Free Painting with Kids
Posted By Janel On August 21, 2012 @ 1:29 am In Family Fun,Memory Making,Rainy Day Survival Kit | 12 Comments
Mixing paint and children can have a mom quaking in her boots. Life as MOM contributor, Janel , demystifies the fine art of letting your kids be artistic.
“Mom, how in the world did a 3-year old create a masterpiece like that?”
That is what my daughter Ella said when she saw this postcard from her cousin FishChick3. I couldn’t help but giggle at her words. Then Ella defended her comment, “What? There are masterpieces that look like that!” Well, I couldn’t argue with Ella’s logic.
Seeing FishChick3’s masterpiece reminded me how much children love painting. As a mom, I know that I don’t allow my girls the opportunity frequently enough. The last time they painted was a couple of months ago when I picked up some simple wooden birdhouses from the dollar store. I was shocked at how much they enjoyed painting them. They spent well over an hour working on their creations.
An hour without bickering. An hour without whining. An hour of fun.
So, why exactly don’t I let them do this more often?!
Oh yeah…painting can be messy. But honestly, there are some simple ways to make a painting activity easier and less stressful – both to set up AND clean up.
Try out these tips for stress-free painting with kids.
When I worked as a childcare provider, we always used a cheap, plastic tablecloth to protect the work surface. It worked fabulously. Plastic tablecloths are:
If your kids will be seated in upholstered chairs, simply toss a towel over them for protection.
Kids + Paint = Mess. There is no way around that. So expect it, and don’t let it upset you when it happens. Have some baby wipes and paper towels on hand to deal with messy fingers or spills at a moment’s notice.
You can make things really simple by creating a painting supply box. Stock it with several different bottles of cheap acrylic paint, paintbrushes in different sizes, bowls for water, paper plates to use as palettes, and of course your plastic tablecloth. When your kids are ready to paint, you can have them set-up and ready to go within minutes.
If your kids have art aprons, have them wear those while they create their masterpieces. However, one of your old t-shirts will work just as well too. Also, if your child has long hair, pull it back in a ponytail or bun so that it stays out of the way.
The possibilities are endless as to what your child can create. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
–Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two daughters and a “law school wife” in Virginia. Raised in a budget-conscious and DIY-minded family, she blogs about motherhood, crafts, and living on a law school budget at Life with Lucie and Ella .
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