Painting With Children – How Do I Do It At Home?

Would you like to give your child the opportunity to paint at home but not sure about the mess or what things your child will need?

In my book Summertime Sanity For You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) I have a section on painting and the various things you can use to paint. The book also has some homemade paint recipes.

Before painting, you need to have some basic supplies – store bought or homemade washable paint(start with red, yellow, and blue); painting utensil(paint brush, pine needle brush, q-tips)(Summertime Sanity For You & the Kids has additional ideas of things that you can use to paint with); something to paint on – paper, boxes, old file folder; something to protect the painting area – plastic table cloth/tarp, newspapers; old towels/paper towels for clean-up;wipes, and a sink nearby or a dishpan filled with soapy water(Do not leave water where a toddler could accidently fall into it). Have your child wear a paint smock or an old adult size t-shirt.

When setting up your paint area, make sure it’s a place that can easily be cleaned up. Choose an area that doesn’t have carpet.

You will also need paint cups, foam trays, paper plates, paper or plastic cups, or small containers to put the paint in. Have your child involved in cleanup afterwards. Save your unused paint. Take a look at a post I did in July 2015. It is on leftover paint.

In my book Summertime Sanity For You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) there is a DIY project for a tabletop easel using a cardboard box.

What does your child like to use for painting?

Supplies to Save/Collect/Recycle

In my book, Summertime Sanity for You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) I list supplies that would be great to save/collect/recycle.

Supplies to save.

Supplies to save.

Some things I save are:

Boxes – building, crafts, making cars, trains, stacking, storing

Coffee/oatmeal containers with plastic lids – cutting hole in lid to make learning games, drum

Egg cartons – caterpillar, collecting things in, math, sorting

Lids from milk & water jugs – counting,dropping things in cut out hole in lid (1 to 1), matching game with stickers

There are abundance of things you can collect that your child can use for play. Ask friends and family to save things for you.

The key to your collecting/saving/recycling things are to have storage containers to put them in to keep it somewhat organized. Also, your collections of things saved can be things found in nature – flowers,leaves, rocks.

There are many different ways that you can store the things you collect. In a future post I will share what I use.

When you are collecting things, get your child involved as much as possible.

What do you like to collect and what do you do with it?

Purchased Supplies to Have on Hand

What type of purchased supplies do you need when planning fun activities for your children?

In my book, Summertime Sanity For You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) I have a chapter on Supply Lists – purchased supplies and things you save.

In this post I will share a few of the purchased supplies that I have found very useful to have.

Purchased supplies to have on hand.

Purchased supplies to have on hand.

Baking soda – science activities
Corn starch – science activities, sensory play
Cream of tartar – playdough
Dish pan – clean up, sensory play
Flour – playdough, sensory play
Food coloring – playdough, science activities
Salt – playdough, sensory play
Vegetable oil – playdough, sensory bottles
Vinegar – science activities

Some of these things you can buy in bulk(maybe share with another Mom). Some of these things you can purchase at the Dollar Store. One time I was at the Dollar Store and I was able to purchase a 5 pound bag of flour for only $1.00.

I like to keep a basket of playdough making supplies – cream of tartar, flour, food coloring, oil, and salt all in one place. You just grab the basket when you want to make playdough and all of your supplies are there.

There are more supplies that you can purchase but you don’t have to buy everything all at once. Buy a little at a time.

What type of purchased supplies do you like to have?

10 Activities Your Child Can Do While You Are Getting Dinner Ready

Hello!! Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas. We’ve taken some time off and now we are ready to get back in the swing of things. This new year we will be sharing a variety of things, ideas, and other blogs that have a wealth of activities that you can make and do with your child.

Do you find your child wanting more of your attention while you are getting dinner ready?

As my children were growing up, this was usually the case and especially when I was doing child care in my home. The dinner prep hour – usually tired, hungry children, especially those in child care that were with you all day long.

Crockpots are great for helping with dinner especially when you can make ahead some freezer meals. TV, video/computer games can be helpful but I only used them occasionally.

If I had babies or toddlers in my care I would sit them in a high chair and give them things to play with. Depending on their age, stickers, coloring, playdough, small wind-up toys(have an older child wind up toys for the baby).

Here are some things you can have the older child do while you are preparing dinner:
1. Help with cooking
2. Playdough
3. Coloring
4. Pipe cleaner necklace/bracelet with pony beads
5. Busy Bags – Many ideas on Pinterest
6. Ispy book/bottle
7. Color/shape sort
8. Mini blocks
9. Pipe cleaners
10. Mini felt/magnetic board & things to play with

These are only a few ideas of things your child can do while you are making dinner. I like to have the children in the kitchen so we can still interact but they are playing on their own.

You can also put some of the above mentioned things in small containers and have them use it during this time only. You can rotate the toys or make a new batch of playdough. Remember the idea is something for your child that he/she can do on their own with minimal supervision and mess.

What do you like your child to do while you are making dinner?