Mom, can we free choice paint?
In a world of Pinterest-perfect painting projects, my answer to free choice painting could not have been a bigger YES!
Set up is simple and requires zero creativity on my end.
An even more significant advantage is that free choice painting unlocks thoughts and feelings we didn’t even realize our children had inside.
I get it. Painting with kids isn’t for everyone.
Spoiler alert: I’m not always up for paint that requires more cleanup.
So over the years, I have learned that we can paint in many different ways to match the day’s vibe.
- For the family looking to ease into painting, these watercolors are top-notch.
- For those with toddlers looking to introduce keeping painting contained, take a look at our toddler painting idea.
- To families looking for a play-by-play head to how to paint with kids.
Okay, we’ve covered the spectrum of painting. Now let’s get back to this free choice idea here.
Art is a big part of thier childhood.
Painting, the arts, creativity, and learning are essential to development!
- Hand strength
My Kindergartener asked to paint, and the other boys came running in.
I should have anticipated this happening as the space to paint was a little cramped.
That didn’t matter much. The three boys found their way in the painting that seemed to be a combination of conversation and parallel painting alongside one another.
Let’s talk supplies!
As first-time painters, the small multipack was all we needed.
Now that I see more painting in our future, we upgraded to the liter bottles.
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- Liquid paint
- Builder’s paper – I find this in home improvement stores
I store the paint in the laundry room on a top shelf, and the brushes where they can reach them to help with setup.
Setting up is quick
We don’t have an easel, so using this outdoor wall is where we typically land to paint.
You may also want to consider the garage, tabletop, or even a wall in your home where you can lay a towel on the floor before getting started. Even in the outdoor space, I still try to find a blanket or towel to cover the area.
I find our trays and use primary colors plus white. These few colors send them on their way!
The more you paint, the more kids can help.
Now that the kids and I have painted for a few years, we can divide and conquer.