Paint. Paint. Paint.

Toddlers are busy little humans. And finding a way to keep little hands occupied can be difficult. One of our favorite activities is painting.

We started when Evie was about one or so. Back then, we used pudding that we added food coloring to. Sometimes more went in her mouth than on the paper — but that’s a part of the fun.

Now, we use just about anything. Watercolors are a favorite. Stay away from the giant ones that are marketed for toddlers. They’re garbage. Because the paint pads are so large, they never really dry out and get mushy and gross. We like your run of the mill, basic watercolors. They last, too.

Finger paints are also a necessity in our house.

Our painting tools are always changing and really depend on what we have in the house. Some of our favorites include:

  • Q-tips
  • Flowers
  • Sponges
  • Fingers
  • Noses/Face
  • Feet
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Eating Utensils
  • Straws
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Toilet Paper/Paper Towel Rolls

Really, you can use just about anything. The weirder, usually, the better. Although, I have to say that the dog is really not into participating in our painting adventures. But, maybe you have a calm, cool dog. Ours is not.

Be prepared for a mess. It’s just part of the territory. Evie usually ends every painting session by painting as much of her body as possible. And that’s totally ok. We have a bath. It’s usually stained slightly blue. But that doesn’t bother me. Especially because I know she had fun. 

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