Your budding young artist loves experimenting with colour. But it can be hard for any parent or carer to hand over paints to a toddler when you know the kind of mess they are capable of generating!
With careful preparation it doesn’t have to be too stressful – and you might find yourself enjoying it more than you thought.
So, when you have the time (and patience), start by placing some old newspapers on the table and floor. If possible, choose an area of your home which doesn’t have a carpet. (If it’s warm enough and you have a garden, taking paints outdoors can be a good option.) Dress your toddler in a large old shirt or a plastic apron and have a big bowl of soapy water and paper towels at the ready (baby wipes are good too).
You’re all set. Grab some paints, pots and brushes and lots of paper - and away you go!
How CBeebies can help
If you have limited time and patience and your child is desperate to paint, look no further than the Mister Maker Magic Paintbox game on the CBeebies website.
It’s a fantastic, interactive way for your child to experiment with colours and have fun splodging paint - without the mess! The game allows your child to create a gallery of their work and also to print out their favourite pictures.
How to make a magic moment
Why don’t you and your child both paint a picture of each other? It’s a lovely way to bond with your child, and you will have that precious memory forever, along with some new decorations for the fridge!
Sing songs and rhymes as you paint. Make up the words to a well known song, perhaps ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, or just simply use words such as ‘This is the way we use our paint, use our paint, use our paint…’ to the tune of 'Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush.