Painting Without Brushes

Most children love art activities like painting, drawing, collage, and more. And a lot of the time, the messier it is, the more they like it! So if you’re in the mood to get a little messy with your kids, here are some options for painting . . . without brushes!


One option is to use other tools such as feathers, sticks, roller brushes, loofas, dish scrubbers, fly swatters, spoons/forks or large combs. This is fun because it turns anything you can find into a “brush” and allows your child to explore the effects of different textures.


Now most of us have heard of finger painting. But a twist to this alternative to brushes, is feet painting! Paint children’s feet and then let them step on a large piece of paper to make a footprint masterpiece! (this activity is probably best done outside on a sunny day) Have a bucket of water so they can rinse their feet and swap colours.


Source: Petersen, Sandra H., and Donna S. Wittmer. Infant and Toddler Curriculum, 2nd Edition. Pearson Learning Solutions, 2012. VitalBook file.


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