Painting Crafts for Kids

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Painting Crafts for Kids

Painting crafts for kids are so great.  Kids LOVE to explore color and share their feelings through the art of painting. You can create the brightest and most beautiful projects using DecoArt’s Americana line of acrylic paints.  I am excited to share some kindness rocks and flower boards with you that are new to the blog and also link you to some other fabulous painting crafts for kids. This post is sponsored by DecoArt but the ideas and opinions are my own.

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Spring Painting Crafts for Kids

Painting Kindness Rocks

Kindness rocks make everyone involved so happy.  Whether you paint them, hide them or find them — you get to be a part of the kindness spreading moments.

You only need three things to paint kindness rocks — clean/dry rocks, paint and brushes. Start by painting a base coat using DecoArt Americana acrylic paints.

Next, add white for a background where you plan to add your designs.

Here are some fun doodles to give you ideas for spring and Easter designs.

Paint the details.

Use a permanent marker if you want to add anything extra to your rocks.  This is a good way to create messages and add those find details that are too hard for a child to paint.

Painted Board Decor

Using the same steps as the rocks, paint some spring decor on boards. Start with that base coat. It can be more than one color like the green for grass and the blue for sky.

Add the white paint.

Paint the details. This is the perfect time to let kids mix the colors and get creative with their works.  Because their isn’t any “wrong” way to paint a flower — using them as a suggested design works great for first timers.

LOTS of Painting Crafts with Kids

No matter which project you decide to make first, there are some things to think about when it comes to crafting and painting with kids.  I am going to share some things that I think will be helpful based on my experience as a mom, Girl Scout leader and elementary school teacher.

Preparation Steps for Painting with Kids

One of the biggest factors in creating successful paint crafts with kids lies in the prep. Here are four things you can do to prepare for a great time crafting.

  1. Expect a little mess. Prep your area knowing that paint can spill, drip and splatter. Cover your work are with kraft paper before starting.
  2. Provide aprons for the kids. If you don’t want to but them, they can wear old adult sized shirts as aprons.
  3. Have paper towels nearby and ready if needed.
  4. Know the dry time of the project before starting.  If there are several steps, there might be a dry time involved. Have a puzzle or activity on hand to do during that in between time. You can grab free ones here on the blog.

Ways to Use Free Printables

You might have seen this list from me before but I think it is worth sharing over and over. Sometimes the people in the back need to hear things a few times, right?  There are so many great ways to use free printables.  Here are some of my favorites.

  • Print them and mail in an envelope with a stamp. Snail mail rocks.
  • Batch some up to make an activity book.  This is great for a road trip!
  • Print and use at a place setting on the table to create a conversation starter.
  • Add them to goody bags.  By the way, goody bags are not just for birthday parties.
  • Package them up with your favorite markers and crayons to give as a gift.
  • Drop a few off at the local coffee shop with fun pencils to spread some happy.
  • Cut them up to make cards, gift wrap and decorations.

Cheers to Creating with Kids!


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