I teach that most special group of preschoolers, two year olds. If they love to do anything, it's paint.
Most parents don't really like to introduce that mess in their homes, and that's where I come in!
I love letting kids make messes in my classroom. With the cement floor and plastic chairs, it's reasonably easy to clean up. And it's totally worth it to see the delight on their faces!
But painting with brushes all the time is boring. What's fun about that? In order to be creative, you have to be creative about the painting tools you use. Creativity doesn't have to cost a bundle, though, if you roam the aisles of your local dollar store!
A super easy way to let them paint without borders is to cover the table in kraft paper. I couldn't believe that I could get this whole roll for $1.
For a truly original artwork, head to the cleaning supplies! When dipped in paint, these dusters and scrub brushes make crazy fun prints on the paper. It's really cool when the child switches tools part way through so you have different impressions on the paper. The best thing about these is that they have substantial sized handles, perfect for little hands to hold on to.
How fun are these? Dip them in paint and roll them across the paper for painting fun. Again, the handles are the perfect size for toddlers to grip.
Scrubbies make great painting tools. Even better when you can get a multipack of them for a dollar!
When you are using larger tools like the scrub brushes and the massaging rollers, you need a container for the paint that is a little larger and deeper than what you would use with paint brushes. These aluminum roasting pans are perfect. They don't tip over easily and the high sides help keep any paint splatter in the container.
For another fun art project, put a piece of paper in the bottom of the roasting pan. Squirt a few different colors of paint randomly on the paper. Add some marbles or small bouncy balls. Have the child gently shake or tip the pan from side to side. The round objects will roll through the paint and leave cool trails all over the paper!
These plastic containers also work well. The clear container allows for kids to get at the paint without having to reach in. That helps if they are sitting instead of standing. The black container is awesome for being able to put lots of different colors of paint on the table at one time, allowing the kids to turn the bowl around to access different colors. You could put a bit of water (not too much!) in the middle section so they could dip their paint tool to clean it off before they moved on to the next color. I know. A girl can dream, can't she?
The well-stocked preschool classroom or home art closet is full of outside-the-box tools! Your kids will delight in new ways to create with the same favorite paint. The best part? Supplying your little Picasso won't break the bank.
What other budget painting tools have you discovered? Share in the comments!