The other Saturday night, in normal haphazard style, The Husband remembered that he had to work on Sunday morning. Normally when he’s working I try to have a plan in place but as this was last minute I had to think on my feet a bit. The result was looking for ways to paint without a paintbrush. We stopped off first thing at Wilkinsons and did a quick 99p purchase but other than that everything we found was around the house or garden. My son loved doing it so I thought I would share it with you!
1) Pom poms, lovely and squishy and perfect for small hands
2) Pipecleaners, always get loads of these in craft packs and other than making crowns I never have a clue what to do with them. Obviously paint was the answer.
3) Flowers. We used dandelions (messy) and bluebells (super cute) These were probably the most popular things as hunting in the garden for things to paint with sounds very subversive when you are three!
4) Sponges, we cut up a scouring pad from the kitchen
5) Buttons, these made a nice addition for a bit more texture
6) Feathers, we used them like soft pencils
7) Foam stamps, these were our one purchase before hand and were great fun
8) Wool, dip it in the paint and then swirled around the paper
9) Tissue paper, rolled up in a ball and spread around
10) Foil shapes, totally not my choice! By this time my son was well into it and was hunting stuff out from the cupboard!
11) Hands. You knew hands would get involved in the end, right? Yep. It got very very messy!
Finding different ways to paint without a paintbrush by hunting out different materials was a great way to keep my toddler interested in what we were doing as oppossed to ‘just’ painting which he can get bored of quickly (while still creating carnage). I’m now thinking of different things that we could use to paint with, cars? Toy dinosaurs? What do you like to use to encourage your children to paint more?