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okay_tay
okay_tay
14 days ago

I was just telling my husband this was my favorite preschool activity

Equestrian274
Equestrian274
16 days ago

When I was a kid I would “paint” my wooden swing set with mud I would make. And by paint I mean smear it all over with my hands. I grew up in the country.

conparco
conparco
16 days ago

Did this with my 3yo this summer and he loved it so much! He still talks about it

CattleinDeepSpace
CattleinDeepSpace
16 days ago

A+

lechauve911
lechauve911
16 days ago

I am stealing this one

lizinthelibrary
lizinthelibrary
16 days ago

A few years ago pre-COVID, we were at the state fair and ran into friends who had written their phone number with sharpie on their kids arms. I now carry a sharpie with me at big events (pre-COVID). One of my friends kids wandered away and was returned thanks to the sharpie number! (Sharpie takes about a week to wash off)

jrd560
jrd560
16 days ago

I give my son a piece of sidewalk chalk and let him go nuts in the house, furniture, walls, wood floors, whatever. After hes done I just vacuum most of it up and use baby wipes to get the rest of it. 仄儭 he has fun for hours and it’s easy cleanup.

hyperventilate
hyperventilate
16 days ago

When I was a kid in kindergarten, I distinctly remember my class had these huge plastic lego blocks, they were like cinder blocks but made of lightweight plastic and we’d build forts and shit with them. I wanted to get my daughter (4) something like that for Christmas this past year. Fortunately, they still make those blocks. Unfortunately, they were -absurdly- expensive.

So I went to a hardware store. Lowes only sold scrap/damaged/discount wood in huge bundles and the cheapest was 400 dollars, but Home Depot had a section with damaged wood (that had a purple stripe down it, that didn’t matter to me) and I stocked up on scrap wood and cut it into varying lengths. They didn’t need to be perfect.

I then sat down a big tarp and gave her the blocks and let her actually paint them. Honestly, it was the most fun I think she’s ever had. She has a huge plastic tub in the garage full of wooden blocks she’s painted (and a lot of them she hasn’t painted yet!) and I let her draw on them with markers so she can keep ‘touching it up.’

She’s playing with them right now, building race tracks for hotwheels cars, and even a tiny jail for the cat.

Hacks like these really work and they let kids be creative!

TheDeriQueen
TheDeriQueen
16 days ago

My dad owned a paint store when I was a kid and he let me do this all the time with scrap pieces of wood and old paint brushes whenever he had to look after me while he was working. I’m sure he did it to keep me away from all of the various hazards and mischief I could have gotten into otherwise but I loved it!

broken-bells
broken-bells
16 days ago

I did this as a kid and really enjoyed it!

MrsD12345
MrsD12345
17 days ago

Yeah my kid wasnt being fobbed off with water, he wanted to know why it wasnt changing colour

just_tryin_my_best
just_tryin_my_best
17 days ago

When I’m painting outside, I give the little guy a paint brush and let him go at it with the actual paint.

NordicCacti
NordicCacti
17 days ago

My son and I lived with my parents on a farm for his first 4 years. Grandpa always provided rags for washing the tractor and little logs of wood so he could help stack fire wood just like grandpa! He started when he was about 2 years old and is going strong at 5, now he gets to help the proper way tho. He loves feeling useful!

Scarykidscaringkids
Scarykidscaringkids
16 days ago

I spent 1.5 hours with my toddler doing this last week. We painted a wall in the garden. Highly recommended if you have an 18 month old, even better if you have an outdoor tap/hosepipe, can put a puddle suit a and wellies on them and let them fill the water themselves!

AgentAllisonTexas
AgentAllisonTexas
17 days ago

When parents become Tom Sawyer

thebunnymodern
thebunnymodern
17 days ago

Wow thanks for this article! I immediately bought a shower visor for my toddler after reading it! She hates when I pour water on her head to get the shampoo off and I never knew those existed. So awesome!

Sagzmir
Sagzmir
17 days ago

That water better not be lead-based

funsizedsamurai
funsizedsamurai
17 days ago

Tiny paintbrushes water and large rocks work wonders for indoors during the winter.

auspostery
auspostery
17 days ago

I vividly remember doing this as a kid in nursery school, and loving it, fully knowing it wasn’t real paint. Can’t wait to do this with little man!

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