A new way to paint with your children: Marble Paint! Low mess and lots of fun!
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Introducing a new series – Painting With Kids: Marble Paint. I know several people that cringe at the thought of painting with your child. The mess, the clean up, the mess 😉 are all reasons why parents tend to shy away from getting out the paint and paint brushes. Watercolors, anyone?
Well, painting isn’t as bad as one tired mom may think. Yes, it can create a mess, but the lessons a child learns from painting far outweigh the stain on your new carpet. (I’m teasing, don’t paint on the carpet.)
When I was a preschool teacher, not much would excite the children more than announcing it was time to paint. We would paint with different media and papers, textures and colors. It was fun.
Why should children be allowed to paint:
Kids can express themselves
What do they feel like today? Sad? Happy? Pink? Black? So many ways to express emotions.
Kids can explore their skills
How do you hold a paint brush? What happens when I mix blue and yellow paint? Can a cloud look fluffy with squiggly lines?
Kids can learn new life lessons
Does the paint dry if I put too much on? Should I mix colors? What happens if I paint with a brush on a canvas or a sock on a newspaper?
Kids love exploring with their hands and eyes. They learn so much better to be “hands on” then “sit down”. Don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer in a time to sit and listen and ALL kids should be taught to sit and be respectful. However, kids are not made to sit for long periods of time. Exploring, creating and discovering are the best way to teach. And honestly, they are fun!
The other day during school time with Caleb, I pulled out some patterns I had of spring. It is finally getting warm out and I am in a flower and butterfly kind of mood. 🙂
I cut out the patterns for him. He is starting to use scissors well, but that wasn’t the object of this lesson. Today was all about Marble Paint.
Painting With Kids: Marble Paint
It is a fun, safe and relatively clean way to allow your child to paint. It doesn’t take much time and it makes such great patterns on the papers.
Put your pattern in a 9×13 cake pan. Take two colors of paint and squirt a little on paper pattern.
Roll the paint gently from side to side over pattern. The marbles will collect the paint and place it all over to make a fun and unique pattern.
Repeat for a different color.
The pan washes out easily. There may be a few flying marbles here and there, but show your child how to tilt the pan gently side to side and soon they will understand the concept.
:: I used a 9×13 pan I had. It is old and I didn’t mind if it got paint on it. If you don’t have an old pan or want to buy a new one used just for paint, playdough, water play, here is a great price on a 9×13 pan.
Such a fun, easy and relatively mess-free way to dive into painting with your children. Don’t be afraid to tackle this project. Your children will love it!