We have a good-sized stash of paint brushes, but my girls love the novelty of painting with various gadgets and objects from around the house. Whether we’re raiding the office supplies or the kitchen drawers, there are always interesting items that can be turned into painting tools.

Here are 7 of our favorite unusual and simple painting tools. Many of these painting tools inspire big movement, from bouncing balloons to wiggly rubber bands. Covering your whole table with paper allows for even bigger exploration and fun!

1. Rubber Bands

To make a simple rubber band brush, use a rubber band to secure 5-6 rubber bands to an unsharpened pencil or handle-end of a paintbrush.

2. Bubble Wrap

Whether you wrap it around a block, or cut it into fun shapes, bubble wrap makes an irresistibly fun painting and printing tool.

3. Balloons

I always seem to have a few random balloons around my house. Put those balloons to work during your next painting session. Try dipping them in paint and bouncing on your paper, or bounce them on a full page of wet paint to lift and move the paint around.

4. Cookie Cutters

A thin layer of paint on a paper plate is the perfect partner for a pile of cookie cutters. Dip, print, repeat!

5. Fabric

Experiment with different types of fabric, such as lace, corduroy, tulle, flannel, and fleece. Scrunch the fabric and dip it in paint, or paint flat pieces of fabric and print them on your paper.

6. Body Parts

Move beyond finger painting and try elbow painting or toe painting! If you’re feeling real adventurous, nose painting is great fun, too!

7. Plastic Credit Card or Gift Card

Smearing, scraping, and scratching paint with plastic cards creates unique textures, and it’s just plain fun!

What kinds of unusual tools or household items do your kids like to paint with?

Happy playing!