Two Dozen Painting Ideas

Why paint with just plain paintbrushes all the time? There are a myriad of items that preschoolers can use in painting. Preschoolers love to paint, and they can gain so much from painting: eye-hand coordination, large muscle control, small muscle control, color identification, color mixing, left-right and up-down concepts, creativity, a sense of accomplishment, and responding to God in wonder. Listed here are 2 dozen items for preschoolers to use in painting.

  • small paint roller
  • foam paintbrush
  • angled paintbrush
  • artist’s fan paintbrush
  • house painting brush
  • foam dishwashing brush
  • cotton swabs
  • pastry brush
  • toy cars and trucks
  • marble painting
  • golf-ball painting
  • gadget painting (bottle lids, potato masher, etc.)
  • sponges (cut in shapes or natural sponges)
  • string painting
  • leaf printing
  • plastic forks
  • comb or paint striping combs
  • textured paint rollers
  • paint scrapers
  • stenciling brush
  • foam spouncer (stenciling sponge)
  • faux finish paint mit
  • fingerprint painting
  • good ol’ finger painting!
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