Painting Ideas for Summer Art & Play

We hope our lists below get the wheels turning!  Most of this stuff you already have just LAYING around the house.  

Set it out on the table today (maybe cover it with a vinyl tablecloth first) and let the kids go wild!

Summer is the PERFECT opportunity to explore different types of painting...
What can you 
paint ON?
  • Paper (duh)
  • Coffee Filters
  • Recyclables (boxes, cans, jugs, etc)
  • Cardboard
  • Paper towels
  • Wax paper
  • Foil
  • Bread (use food coloring & milk)
  • The house
    (use just water!)

  • Diffuser paper
  • Stretched canvas
  • Old frames
  • The floor
  • Sticks
  • Leaves
  • Rocks
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Our bodies (for reals)
  • Thrift store paintings
  • Sidewalk
  • Bathtub
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Blank tshirts
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Newspapers
What you can you 
paint WITH?
  • Brushes
  • BIG Brushes
  • Paint rollers
  • Brayers
  • Toothbrushes
  • Q-tips
  • Sticks (from trees)
  • Sticks (from popsicles)
  • Spray bottles
  • Cotton Balls
  • Fingers
  • Toes
  • Other body parts
  • Flowers (faux or real)
  • Marbles
  • String
  • Cooked spahetti
  • Used gift cards
  • Rolling pins
  • Medicine droppers
  • Pendulums!
    (this one is great for the big kids!)
  • Squeeze bottles
  • Sponges
  • Cotton balls
  • Bubble wrap
  • Toy cars
  • Toy animals
    (think, footprints)
Types of Paint
(and links to our favorites!)

Slideshow of Painting Invitations

 


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