The boys are 2.5 years old and at an age where they can sit still enough to paint. I bought some supplies, covered everything as best as I could and hoped my home wouldn’t be completely destroyed after. It turned out so fun and was an actual success! I’ll share how I got everything set up.
– Equipment Needed –
Disposable paper plates to hold the paint
Kid friendly, toxic free, washable (very important!) paint. We bought Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint, 10 pack
Painter’s smocks or in my case, kitchen garbage bags
Saran wrap or tablecloth
– Some Tips –
I really admire moms who do sensory activities with their kids, I always imagine the mess they’ll make and shy away from them. I needed to learn to let go and let them be kids. Kids get dirty, get messy and if they have fun or learn something in process than what is a little clean up? But with that said, I try to keep the mess sort of contained. Well, I try anyways.
– I Saran wrap the surface of the table. I find it better than a table cloth as the saran wrap clings and doesn’t move. And after you’re done, pull up the saran, wrap all the disposable items and you’re left with a cleaner table surface!
– I didn’t have painter’s smocks so I used what I had: garbage bags! I took smaller kitchen bags, cut holes for their arms and legs and then loosely tied the bottom so they wouldn’t trip over it. They still got pretty dirty but it helped keep them more dry and it was pretty cute seeing them in bags for some reason. 🙂
– I bought paintbrushes with larger handles and brush heads to help their smaller hands grip and paint with. I also bought Crayola brand ones because it was right next to the paint.
– I used calligraphy grade paper that I already had at home. It held up really well under the paint and being painted over and over. Small canvases would also work!
That’s all, give it a go and have fun! And then throw everyone into the tub afterwards!
Have fun and good luck!