Hello all, this is my first blog post! I’m so excited to be starting a new blog about all my favorite things to do with my family! I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a while now, but I was unsure if I should write about something specific, or write about what comes to mind.
I decided to go with what comes to mind! I promise I’m not going to be too random, but I plan to include some things like: things to do with kids (I have two sons), outdoor adventures, fun date ideas (things I like to do with my husband).
Those are just some things that came to mind at the moment. I have a lot more planned. Which brings me to today’s post, painting outdoors with the kids. I have been eyeing Tinkergarden’s free DIY activity ideas, which is where I found the perfect activity for my little ones!
My kids love to be outside, they love to paint, and they love making messes! Whenever I have the kids paint indoors, they never fail to make a mess.
When they are painting outside, you can put a tarp down to keep the paint off of the ground. Maybe put the kids some clothes they can change out of, so it makes for minimal mess when they go inside.
Here’s what you need to get started
- A clear shower curtain
- Some rope or twine
- Clothes pins
- Non-toxic paints (I used these from LakeShore)
- Paint brushes (I used these)
- Cups to put the paint (I got these)
What to do
First you are going to want to tie your rope between two objects to hold it up. I tied it between two trees. I strung the rope through the holes in the curtain, then tied each end to the tree. If its a windy day, you are going to want to make sure the bottom part of the shower curtain is secure so it won’t blow around. I just tied another piece of rope around where the bottom of the curtain hung, then used the clothes pins to secure it. You can use rocks to weigh it down as well.
After, I set up the paints. I only used primary colors, so my kids can mix the paints and make other colors. I used the clear paint cups and put blue, red, and yellow paint in them.
Once the set up was done, my kids had a ton of fun painting on a clear surface! It is a lot different than painting on paper. One of my kids stood on one side of the curtain, and my other one was on the other side, pretending to paint his face. They loved it!
I encourage you guys to give this activity a try and let me know in the comments how it went. Let me know if you changed it up, and added some other fun things to do with it!