You might have noticed by now that I am way into mixing art time with playtime. My boys loved this technique: using a (washable) toy to apply paint to paper. We used some old toy cars to roll in paint and then make a fun painting. Another bonus: using unusual paint brushes makes unique paintings.
- A car, or other washable toy
- Washable paint
- Paint brush (optional)
- Palette of some sort (we used a plate)
Apply paint (or let child do it! My 2 year old loves this part) to palette. Roll, dip, or otherwise put toy in paint. Let kid use toy on paper!
It really is as simple as that. Use whatever toys you find in your toy box that can easily be cleaned or washed. You can also experiment with non-toy “brushes” from household items like cotton balls, sponges, utensils, or whatever odds and ends you find in your junk drawer.
Heather Mann is a regular contributor at Make and Takes. She’s is the mother of two boys under age 3, and another boy on the way. She publishes Dollar Store Crafts, a daily blog devoted to hip crafting at dollar store prices, CROQ Zine, a print magazine devoted to hip crafting, and also CraftFail, a community blog that encourages crafters to share their not-so-successful craft attempts.