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Painting with Toddlers? Check out these must-haves.
I absolutely love painting with toddlers as a quick anytime activity. It’s a wonderful way to connect, grow, and create, and a simple way to make it to nap time.
But, painting with toddlers can be a daunting task. A daunting, messy task that can be difficult to manage without the right set up.
Making Painting with Toddlers Manageable
The right tools can make painting with toddlers an absolute cinch. After many, many rounds of painting with toddlers, these are my 3 must-haves for painting that make art time a breeze.
A Painting Apron
Having a painting apron is an art time game changer. Instead of dealing with paint covered clothes or having to undress a toddler for art time, throw an apron over their clothes. You’ve just saved yourself time and a giant messy headache.
The Heavy-Duty Adjustable Vinyl Paint Apron from Lakeshore is the bee’s knees and our absolute favorite. It fits both my 3 year old and my 21 month old, and they feel pretty cool wearing them. I love that they are waterproof and have a mid-section belt to make it adjustable.
No-Spill Painting Containers
Containers for paint are important for two very different reasons. First: they make set up so easy. You don’t need to squirt paint out or worry about wasting what you do get out. The air tight containers won’t dry out so you’re always ready to paint in seconds.
Second: there’s the no-spill part. These No-Spill Paint Cups & Brushes from Lakeshore keep all the paint in one place. No one runs their hand through a paint covered paper plate or knocks over an open container.
Also a bonus, the color coded brushes mean that even my 21 month old can keep the right brush going into the right colored paint container.
My Keepsake Portfolio
Once your toddler is done with their masterpiece, there is the inevitable question of what do you save and what do you toss? And more importantly, where do you save it?
We save our art work in this handy personalized My Keepsake Portfolio. It’s slim and stores easily (I keep ours under the couch!). I slip their works of art into the portfolio and hold onto the memories for a lifetime. I love that this can be personalized too so my kids each have their own special portfolio.
Painting with toddlers can be so much fun, but you need to have the right tools for the job. These must-haves from Lakeshore have revolutionized painting at our house. Lakeshore items have a way of doing that – they are expertly made, teacher designed, and kids just love them. Parents do too.