Painting is one of my favourite activities to do with Ollie. It’s so simple, but keeps him entertained for ages, and it’s perfect for rainy days when we’re trapped inside. Having said that, it can get a little boring when you do it ALL the time. So, I’m always looking for ways to make it a bit different and more interesting.
Here are my favourite ways to paint with kids that don’t just involve paintbrushes:
I used to do this all the time when I was little, and it’s so simple but makes really pretty and unusual pictures. Get some paper and tape it down – preferably in something with sides like a tray or box lid. Then drop some paint on it and use a straw to blow patterns on the page. Watercolours work better than poster paints as they’re easier to blow, but I’ve also used food colouring which worked perfectly. I’ve also been told that if you poke a little hole at the top of the straw, it prevents the child being able to suck the paint back up the straw.