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7 Fun Ways to Play with Paint
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Eat your finger paint
For the tiniest artist, add a few drops of food coloring to plain or vanilla yogurt, dump it on her high-chair tray, and let her smear her way to a masterpiece that's finger-lickin' good.
Chalk it up
Turn sidewalk-chalk art into watercolor creations: Just dip the chalk in water before drawing, or spray water onto your driveway to create a wet "canvas." The H2O gives the chalk a painterly feel.
Older kids can scour garage sales for a chair that needs some love. Clean it with soap and water. When it's dry, sand it down with sandpaper. Wipe off the dust with a damp cloth and start painting!
Cuddle up with any of the Mini Masters books by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, with paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas, Cassatt, and more. Our fave? A Magical Day With Matisse. (Birth to 4)
Make a mural
Got a blank wall in the basement? Let your kids have at it! And when they get bored, you can just paint over it and start again.
Roll with it
Who needs paintbrushes when you have toy cars? Pour some paint into a disposable aluminum pan, then show your kid how to roll the car through the paint and drive it onto the paper for a cool design.
- Jon Whittle
Pass on paper and get your little Picasso's fingers working with this modern, easy project.