Painting Fun

At my Library, we have a program called “Painting Fun.” The children are given watercolors, dot paint markers, and a mixture of washable paint, shaving cream, and liquid glue to make puffy paints. There are so many fun things that you can paint with! Some of my favorites are:
1. Lego
2. Cookie cutters
Cookie Cutters
3. Salt - use glue to “draw” a picture then cover with salt. Drip watercolors over the salt and watch as the salt slowly absorbs the colors.


4. Bubbles - add food coloring to bubble solution and blow bubbles onto a piece of paper. The color is left behind when the bubble bursts.

5. Feathers

Here are a few titles to help you get into the painting mood:

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Three white mice discover jars of red, blue, and yellow paint and explore the world of color.

White Rabbit's Color Book by Alan Baker
White Rabbit hops from one paint pot to another, changing colors as he goes, until he ends up brown.

When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden
Pigasso, a talented pig, and Mootisse, an artistic bull, live across the road from one another, but when conflicts arise they build fences that ultimately become modern art masterpieces. Includes biographies of the real-life artists, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Warthogs Paint: A Messy Color Book by Pamela Duncan Edwards
As some warthogs spend a rainy day painting their kitchen, they make a mess and learn about mixing colors.
Michelle C. 


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