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7 Fun Ways to Play with Paint

  • 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.

  • Redecorate

    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!

  • Meet Matisse

    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)

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    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.

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    Plexiglass Painting

    Pass on paper and get your little Picasso's fingers working with this modern, easy project.

    See the directions

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