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Painting For Kids

ByPhillipPortman

Kids love arts and crafts, and love nothing more than getting their hands dirty in the process. Painting is one of the most popular activities for children. Not only does it keep them entertained, it also lets them get creative and use their imagination. One of the struggles adults have is trying to keep painting as fun and enjoyable for children. If you need to know more about painting products for kids or just want to make the process a bit more fun for them, then this is the guide for you. 

This Could Get Messy

One of the first things you need to decide when it comes to painting is where it is going to take place. You have to keep in mind that painting can (and will) get messy, but this is what it is all about. You don't want your children to be painting on your good dining table  or near items that are valuable to you.  There are some things you can do, however, to reduce this mess. Here are some of our suggestions.

    Kids Craft Table 

Give them their own space with this craft table. They are small but are easy to clean. They also come in a variety of styles that kids will love. 

Art Apron 

You wont want them to get paint on their Sunday best clothes, so protect them with an art apron. One of Dad's old shirts  will work well too.

Plastic Table Cloth 

Plastic table cloths are the cheap way of protecting your furniture. Once your kids have finished painting, you can simply throw the table cloth away,

Buckets 

Instead of using small cups  of water for you children to wash their brushes, try a bucket. They are bigger, hold more water and generally wont spill as often as a cup.

What Will They Use To Paint?

It might sound like a silly question, but there are many things that a child can use to paint. If anything, getting them away from the traditional paint brush is going to let them explore new textures and patterns, and assist with their creativity. Check out some of our favourite painting utensils.

Fingers

A lot of children love finger painting. The great thing is you don't need to purchase anything put the paint . 

 

Paint Rollers 

If they don't want to get their hands dirty and want something that is relatively easy to use, why not try a paint roller?

Sponges 

They are commonly found in the kitchen but sponges will create some unique and fun textures in your kid's art.

Paintbrush 

If your child wants to do things the normal way, a paint brush could be the best option. Something with a big grip or handle is great for little kids.

Paint Options

You have a few options for your children when it comes to the paints available. Unless they are really serious about their art, you probably just want to go with a cheap option. It's also a good idea to get the basic primary colours of red ,yellow , and blue  (kids can have fun mixing these colours together to create new colours). You'll also want to look for something that is non toxic . Kids can sometimes get carried away with all those bright colours and mistake them for food. Here are some of our favourite paints for kids.

Water Colours 

Simply add water to this paint and your kids are ready to go. This is the least messy option available, but are still extremely effective.

Acrylic Paint 

If they're looking for a more textured look, I'd suggest going for an acrylic paint. They tend to be very bright and as such are loved by children.  

 

Glitter Paint 

If they want to add some shine and sparkle to their art, try some glitter paint. Most brands are designed for body art, which means they are non-toxic.

Finger Paint 

There are specific paints made for children who want to fingerpaint. Going with these options will ensure the paint comes off easily at bath time.

What Will They Paint On?

Now that you've sorted out the type of paint they're going to use, where they are going to paint and what they are going to paint with, you need to decide what they will paint on. While sketch pads   are great for drawing, they aren't going to be suitable for painting. Because paint is wet, you need something that isn't going to break or fall apart. Here are some ideas. 

Canvas

If your looking to keep your child's painting forever, let them paint on a cavas. They come in many shapes and sizes, and are typically used by professionals.

Butchers Paper 

Kids who just want to have a fun time would be best to paint on something like butchers paper. It is relativley cheap and will give your child lots of room to paint.

Cardboard Paper 

If you want something a bit thicker than butchers paper, try some cardboard. Using recycled cardboard is always a great option for your child, and the environment.

Water Colour Paper 

If your child is going to be using watercolours, it's a good idea to get some water colour paper for them. It is a bit thicker and stronger than standard paper.

Other Things They Might Need

Here are some other items that might make the painting experience more enjoyable for your kids.

Paint Palette 

Let them mix their own colours and experiment with paint with their own paint palette. They are usually made of plastic or wood, but for kids, I would opt for the plastic option. 

Art Easel 

If they need their own space when painting and doing art, an art easel will be a great idea. They usually provide space for your child to put their art supplies.

 

Paint Your Own Piggy Bank 

Give them something a bit different to paint. There are many paint activity sets available, so have fun choosing something that your kids will really enjoy.

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