5 really cool ways to paint!

Your child can create amazing artwork using a few simple items from around your house

Written by Gabrielle Meredith-Elsworth

“MUMMY! DADDY! Want to do painting!” is one of my favourite sentences. For me, it’s right up there with “Done a poo!” All I can see is a mess that I’m going to have to clean up soon.

 But the aprons are on, the plastic mat is down and expectations are high – and then I realise I chucked out the last paintbrush because it resembled a twig. Seriously: why do kids press so hard that they leave half the bristles in their artwork?

Never mind! Here are 5 amazingly arty painting ideas that use simple items from around your home. You’ll never use a paintbrush again.

Set your child up with what they need then stand back. A long way back. When your child decides to let their inner Jackson Pollock come out, there’s no stopping them. But he threw paint around the room and got very rich doing it. So, there’s hope…

1) Bubbles: for a painting that POPS!

What you’ll need: paint, washing up liquid, straws, plain paper

What to do:

1. Mix half a cup of water, a squirt of washing-up liquid and paint into cups (one for each colour).
2. Ask your child to blow through a paper straw into the cup to create bubbles. Make sure that they know not to suck!
3. Take a piece of paper and press over the bubbles to make a print.
4. Repeat with all the colours until you’ve filled the paper up with beautiful bubble prints.

 Out of paint, too? Don’t worry! You can make your own… 

2) Cotton wool: easy breezy cherry blossom.

What you’ll need: pink, white and black paint, plain paper, clothes pegs, black marker, cotton wool balls

What to do:

1. Paint a tree trunk on the paper using black paint and wait for it to dry.
2. Clip 2 cotton wool balls to 2 clothes pegs (one for the pink paint and one for the white paint).
3. Ask your little one to dip the pegs into both paints and print around the trunk.

Want more painting activities? All your kids need for these ideas is their hands!

3) Cardboard tube: paint some funky flowers!

What you’ll need: toilet roll tubes, paint, plain paper

What to do:

1. Put a different colour paint on each paper plate.
2. Snip lines into the tubes about halfway up.
3. Separate and spread out the cut bits outwards.
4. Now your little one can dip them into the paint and print on to the paper to make funky flowers!

You can also try bending tubes to create different shapes (e.g. squares, heart shape, triangle). Then ask your little one to dip in paint and print on to paper. Voila!

4) Shaving cream: create a fantastic firework display

 

 

What you’ll need: shaving cream, food colouring, plain card, baking tray, small rectangle of cardboard, cocktail sticks OR cotton buds

What to do:

1. Ask your little one to squirt shaving cream on a baking tray and spread evenly with the rectangle of cardboard.
2. Then get them to put small drops of food colouring on to the shaving cream.
3. With a cocktail or cotton bud, ask them to spread the colour outwards in the shape of fireworks.
4. Ask your child to press plain card over the baking tray.
5. Then get them to scrape the shaving cream off the paper using a rectangle of cardboard. The pattern should have transferred over giving you fantastic fireworks!

We’re full of good ideas! For even more fun ways to paint, click here!

5) Marb-ellous: another shaving cream painting to try!

What you’ll need: shaving cream, food colouring, plain card, baking tray, cocktail sticks OR cotton buds

1. Ask your little one to squirt shaving cream on a baking tray and spread evenly with the rectangle of cardboard.
2. Then get them to put small drops of food colouring on to the shaving cream.
3. With a cocktail or cotton bud, ask them to spread the colour around to create swirly patterns. Be careful not to over mix as this will just blend the colours.
4. Ask your child to press plain paper over the baking tray.
5. Then get them to scrape the shaving cream off the paper using a rectangle of cardboard. The pattern should have transferred over! Marb-ellous!

You could even take the prints your kid has created and make them into cute and super personal cards. Just snip out a rectangle from one of the paintings and stick onto plain or coloured card, don’t forget to get the artist to sign it themselves.

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