With rain Gods smiling upon us with golden hearts, outdoor play has become somewhat restricted. The amount of time we spent outside needs to be compensated now with more and more activities so I am doing a set of play activities for indoorsy play inspired by a lot of Kid Blogger post that I have pinned on my Pinterest profile.
Aarya in general doesn’t like anything MESSY. He likes water, and he loves colors – but not painitng. You can see him get up and wash himself every 2 minutes in between. I introduced shaving cream, but only one finger would trace, it took him a while but now he loves the shaving cream.
Still we enjoy a lot of painting once in a while. Here is a round up of all the things we have used so far and different materials.
#1 favorite painting involves balls, rolling and making the ball jump and such. We have tried ball painting a lot. You can see him here making a snowman globe for the Snow week. Below he is making an adorable Valentines card. This we did around Valentines day and was a gift for his teachers 🙂 They LOVED it.
#2 favorite way to use paint will be Bubbles. Bubbles are Aarya’s favorite. I can get anything done if I provide him with some bubbles to play. Bath time, wash time, brush time – every time – BUBBLES. He loves them so.
This involves bubbles, colors and mixing – and just putting the paper over it to make prints. They turn out GORGEOUS.
#3 Cars and other things-that-go-into-the-painting. Yes, this is one way I think all boys like painting. But our car did need a bath couple of times.
#4 way we paint is to use random stuff from the kitchen. We have used spoons, forks, various print-making with kitchen sponge, steel sponge and even used glasses to make our circles.
Here we made snow-flakes.
#5 Paint involvong Sensory materials. Here I mixed salt and glue and white paint to make this snowy day scene inspired by The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. He painted on a blue paper. But soon he touched and felt it and *painted* everywhere. It was the texture, the thickness and the grainy feel – but he iked it and he really was proud of his paintings because they *looked* a lot like the illustrations of the book. This was inspired by a blog (which I found via Pinterest) but unfortunately I cannot find it now because I forgot to pin it. I am sorry, but I will find the post and put a link soon.
#6 Making different prints. Here we did a spin-ff on the spin-art. Of course it is not the traditional way but still Aarya loved the results. We uses a plastic lid (kitchen), put some drops of water colors on the paper and just used our hands to spin it up. Using 2 colors made some gorgeous prints. Giving him a huge sheet helped me a lot because he wanted to try it again and again 🙂
#7 Bubble WRAP 🙂 See this post on how we have used it.
These are only a few of the things we have tried. We also have tried the tape-resist painintg, crayon resist painting. Coloring with crayons, crayon-rubbings etc – but they have not really been a huge HIT in our place. But the above 6 have been done again and again and loved.
What are your kiddos favorite way to paint… please do let us know and we will definitely give that a try.
As you can see that in almost all the paintings Aarya uses red. yes, you guessed it right Red is his FAVORITE color and he has to have it always in some way or the other 🙂 Pink and Blue are a close second 🙂