Painting Fun with Toddlers: Kool-Aid and Shake & Paint

I’ve been having lots of fun recently gathering crafty ideas on Pinterest that I can do with Dylan. As hot as it is, we need indoor activities to keep us occupied. Two of the ideas we’ve tried involve paint – Kool-Aid paining and Shake & Paint.

Painting Fun with Toddlers

Kool-Aid Painting

Dylan, Lily & I experimented with Kool-Aid painting a week before trying it with one of Dylan’s friends. Although at 10 months, Lily isn’t quite into brush to paper, she did manage a few strokes before the brush went to her mouth. I appreciated that our “paint” was just drink mix & water thus didn’t have to worry about her tasting it minus the stain of red around her mouth. 😉

To make the “paint” – we mixed a package of Kool-Aid mix with 1 tbsp of hot water:

Kool Aid Painting: mix paints

Dylan & his buddy, Grant, were serious about their painting … at first. Moments later they were splattering it everywhere. I think only my kitchen ceiling missed getting hit. LOL

Kool Aid Painting

Because paint isn’t just for brushes – you have to get your hands in it! The one warning about Kool-Aid painting, even after washing your hands, they will be temporarily stained:

Kool Aid Painting: stained hands

But it’s all worth it for fun with your friends and cool paintings. Here’s what we created:

Kool Aid Painting: completed paintings

Shake and Paint

Yesterday I was searching for another indoor project to do with Dylan & Lily when I came across Shake & Paint. It’s an idea I had seen before but forgotten. Lily left before we started (I think she would have enjoyed rolling the can so we’ll try again another day). Dylan helped me line up our supplies on the kitchen floor: paper, crayon bits, paint and a can (yes, that’s the can I decorated for his birthday party!):

Shake and Paint: supplies

We rolled the paper inside of the formula can (tip: an oatmeal can would work as well). Dropped in our crayon bits and squirted a bit of paint:

Shake and Paint: crayons

Then came the fun – securing the lid and shaking!

Shake and Paint: shake!

We peeked inside and found some colorful blobs on the paper:

Shake and Paint: peek

We put the lid back on and tried rolling the can. This moved the crayon bits, and thus the paint, up higher onto the paper. After pulling out that sheet to dry (top right in photo below), we experimented further. We tried squirting the paint down the paper vs directly into the bottom. Dylan squirted a bit of paint (which equaled LOTS of paint as well as paint on floor – good thing it cleans up easy!). Our finished masterpieces:

Shake and Paint: paintings

For more fun project ideas, check out our Kids Crafts page.

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