Have some budding artists? Try this outdoor name art for a fun change of pace!
Kids painting does not always mean at the table.
It doesn’t have to always mean on a white piece of paper.
And it really doesn’t need to be a giant mess.
Painting with kids can sometimes feel like herding paint colored cats who don’t even paint for more than 10 seconds. So I took the painting outside, made it giant, and let my kids try some outdoor name art for a change.
And what a CHANGE IT WAS.
Making a full-blown activity from a little paint
Maybe it’s just my kids, but painting is typically a five second activity. Don’t get me wrong, I love the self-expression and the chance to explore a new medium and all that good process art jazz, BUT it would be nice if they PLAYED for as long as I’m going to set up / clean up.
Like wouldn’t it be an amazing return of investment to have them paint for LONGER than I worked.
That’s exactly what happened with this outdoor name art.
It did the most magical thing: IT HELD THEIR ATTENTION
I am all about process art (that’s a fancy way of saying “art with no preconceived ideas from the adult as to what it should look like).
I love to let kids loose to create.
But sometimes, giving them a little boost isn’t the worst thing.
Here’s how I set up Outdoor Name Art
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- Paint (this is my personal favorite)
- Kraft paper (love owning a roll of this)
- Tape (went with Painter’s tape but wished I’d used something stronger)
- Muffin tin
- Paint brushes (I love a set like this)
- Large Sharpie
I rolled out the Kraft paper pretty big. My kids have 4 letter names so make sure to roll the paper out the right size for your kiddos.
In my best bubble letters, I wrote their names as big and clear as possible.
I grabbed my muffin tin and filled that with paint – this keeps clean up easy, keeps the paint contained, and works so well for my kids.
Hang up the names and let them work!
My kids (2.5 and 4) went CRAZY for this! They just loved the chance to paint their names.
I asked them to do their best and not paint the fence and they did awesome. Kids have a way of rising to the occasion with clear and consistent boundaries…
Why I chose their names…
Names are important for kids and often the first word they can read/identify is their own name.
Same with the letters in their name – these are often the first letters they’ll memorize.
Activities with names are so powerful and meaningful for kids – they have so much ownership of the activity.
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Guess how long they painted?
That is a MASSIVE success for our family and a HUGE WIN.
I was able to sit back and enjoy their process, watch them work, and they got some quality art time in.
Plus – they were really proud of their work at the end because painting their name was such a personal activity.
You’ll have to give this one a go at your house…it’s a real winner.
When will you make an Outdoor Name Art activity?