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DIY Paint: Scratch and Sniff Paint

Now that the weather is warming up the yards are looking much more beautiful, and the little in-home artists we always seem to forget we employ are looking to get their paint on. If you are like me and you don’t always have paint on hand (it goes bad when I do so why keep it forever?) then you just might want to look in to trying this fun tutorial. Not only can you and your kids make paint, you can make paint that is scratch and sniff. Now once your paint dries you can enjoy how it looks, and how it smells.

I cannot take credit for this amazing idea. But I can take credit for finding it. Growing a Jeweled Rose is an amazing website with all sorts of activities aimed at entertaining and educating kids. This fun and unique tutorial will also you to actually create scratch and sniff paint that can be used to paint the most beautiful picture. It is even non-toxic and completely edible, so if like me you have a small toddler looking to get in on the fun it is “ok” when he very suddenly sticks the whole paintbrush in his mouth.

scratch and sniff paint

Head on over to Growing a Jeweled Rose now and see their full tutorial. While you are there you should check out some of their other incredible tutorials. You and our kids just might find some activities to keep you busy this Spring Break.

Outdoor Summer Fun: Squirt Gun Painting

Squirt Gun Painting Fun

If you are anything like me you have become quickly disillusioned by summer break. The sounds of children complaining they are bored has become too much. It is time to send them back outside to do something else. Anything else, as long as they are outside!

This fun artistic endeavor will not only keep them busy, hopefully wear them out, it will also be one of the more exciting things they get to do outside. Squirt Gun Painting. Now don’t worry we are sure you can make sure to buy water soluble paint in case the painters get a little over zealous, but we do suggest wearing clothes you don’t care much about when you let them do this.

Fireflies and Mudpies writer and creator Melissa is the one to credit for this gem of a summer project. A writer, photographer, and educator, she knows how to get artistic and make it fun. And this is certainly fun. Art is such an important part of the world, and the world of education. It can also be incredibly fun. Especially when you do it with squirt guns and boys who have been cooped up in the house.

Squirt-Gun-Painting-in-Summer

We suggest heading over to Fireflies and Mudpies and learning all about how this fun project was created and the great tips on how to make it safe, fun, and easier to clean up. We just know it will be a hit!

Painting with Kids: Melissa and Doug

Melissa and Doug is one of our favorite brands here at The Boy’s Store. We proudly stock several of their games, puzzles, and toys and we love to share incredible ideas from their blog whenever we have the chance. Melissa and Doug strive to educated, entertain, and sustain children and their minds and bodies. Here at The Boy’s Store we also seek to prepare our children for a better future through their minds and bodies. We know that style, imagination, creativity, and education are vital to the process of crating great minds. That is why we try every month to bring you fun, creative, and educational activities that you can complete with your children. Sometimes they are scripted, planned, and coming with perfect tutorials that we either create or share from the great minds of other bloggers. This month we want to share an idea from Melissa and Doug about painting.

Painting is one of the ultimate creative enterprises. Painting can be planned, but it can also be free, creative, imagined, and everyone can participate. Melissa and Doug shared an excellent blog about painting that you can read here. We want you to check out this incredible blog and plan some time with your kids that will help to cultivate their own creativity. Try something new. Paint with an easel and some paper. Paint a wall. Paint a sidewalk. Paint on some fabric. No matter where you paint let your child experiment and learn from the experience. There are so many different options when it comes to paint.

Painting with Kids

Things to try:

  • Spray paint
  • chalk paint
  • finger paint
  • watercolors
  • oil paints

tools:

  • paint brushes
  • feathers
  • sponges
  • stamps
  • food (cut apples, celery, potatoes, etc.)
  • leaves
  • rocks

materials:

  • paper
  • fabric
  • cement
  • wall board
  • wood
  • plastic