In my book Summertime Sanity for You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) I have a section on paper which lists some recommended paper to purchase as well as craft activities to make using paper.
Try and have a variety of paper on hand. Some of the types of paper I like to have available are butcher paper, card stock, construction paper, copier paper, and tissue paper. You don’t need to get this all at once but it is nice to build up your stock.
One thing I like to have is a roll of butcher paper. You can purchase it at Sam’s Club for about $20.00. It can go a long way and you can do a variety of things with it.
You can do body tracing(outline your child’s body) then they color and decorate it; you can hang it on a fence and your child can spray paint it(using plastic spray bottles – make your own), or your child can decorate it for a tablecloth. Check out my book for additional ideas.
What do you like to do with butcher paper?
A few weeks ago I was watching some of my grandchildren. I planned to let them paint, so I set up the table with an old tablecloth, put some paint on small paper plates, and gave them paint brushes, and some q-tips to paint with. They have done this before so I let them go at it. I had paper nearby if they wanted to make more.
C & K painting with brushes and q-tips.
I let them paint whatever they wanted to. After a while, my oldest grandson K, decided to do something else with the q-tips. He took several of them and put a rubber band around them and used it to paint. He called it the triple fluffer roo. He had fun painting in a different way.
K with his triple fluffer roo painting tool.
What creative things does your child like to do when they paint?
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?
There are many places to get ideas for doing arts and crafts with children on the internet including blogs, websites, and pinterest. When deciding what kind of craft or art activity you want your child to do you need to decide if it is a theme you are following, painting, making something, or a combination of both. I like the children to do process art where they can make whatever they want with the medium given them.
www.mommyskitchen.net – DIY sidewalk chalk paint
www.nateandrachael.com – Homemade paint recipes
www.sowsproutplay.com – 42 out of the box painting ideas
These are only a few of the many blogs that have painting ideas for children. Look at one of my earlier posts on leftover paint.
My book and ebook – Summertime Sanity for You & the Kids has additional ideas and materials to use for painting as well as how to make your own DIY tabletop easel.
What kind of crafts do you like to do with your child?