Keeping kids happy is always really hard without spending lots of money. Most times if it cheap it normally is very messy. Painting on paper is one of those that it doesn’t cost much but can be really messy and most times it is easyier outside. When it is raining and cold that can make it really hard to stop the kids getting bored at home.
An idea that I seen was at a friend house and she had four kids under 6 years, all painting together inside and not making to much mess!
Her idea must to buy a really cheap (under $10) shower curtain and place it on the kitchen table so you kids can paint inside. The normal problem with painting inside is that you don’t want paint everywhere. Most kids are really happy at the kitchen table and parents can be close and do stuff i.e clean the kitchen and still watch them. What we found is that the brighter the shower curtain was the more that the kids just wanted to paint on the paper as the white really stood out. We also bought A3 white paper which is a great size. Setting up the clothes horse as a drying rack in the laundry, which the kids were not aloud to go. We found that if they could see the drying rack they would try to take the new painting to it and drop it on the tiles with paint everywhere or some would go on the walls, so keeping it out of site always helped.
When buying paint please make sure it is water based. If you have old any clothes (like Dad’s old shirts) they make great art mocks. Outside plastics chairs also are great as they can just be hose cleaned. When using paint only put a little bit of each paint out with a cup of water to wash the brushes.
List of things needed for a great painting day inside.
Most things can be bought at Amazon
- Cheap shower curtain
- Water based paint 4-6 colour is heaps
- Paint brushes (normally small brushes would be better)
- Food (to keep them at the table having snacks is a great tip)
- Cup for the water to wash the brush
- List of ideas of what the kids can paint
TIP OF THE DAY
If you want to do things different you could buy some plaster molds to paint. These would normally be around a couple of dollars each. The best way is to start to paint on paper then when they are starting to get bored, you can give them mounds and they will be interested again.