Painting whatever you want is fun, but painting with a novel tool is even better. Forget plain old brushes. This summer break out one or all of these 10 alternatives to a plain old brush.
1. Fruits ! Carve them into shapes like the one above, or simply slice them. We have had fun with apples, oranges ( squeeze some juice out first), limes and more.
2. Forks! Yes plastic forks make great paint tools, they leave awesome markings that make wonderful trees, and very cool porcupines.
3. Pool Noodles. Slice them into pieces easy enough to handle and voila a cool washable and reusable paint stamp.
4. Flowers. I love using all sorts of flowers to paint , carnations and daisies are great for little ones.
5. Dish Scrubbers and glass sponges. The rough surface makes wonderful textures on the paper.
6. Bath poofs. Like the dish scrubbers these exfoliaters are great for art time.
7. Die Cast Cars. Have a little guy or gal more interested in cars than art? Why not use the cars for the art. Roll the wheels in the paint and off you go.
8. Balls and Marbles. You will need a box for this as well but pop some paper on the bottom, a little paint, the ball and start rolling. Before you know it you'll have a cool painting.
9. Don't forget your veggies! Mushrooms, Potatoes, even rolling ears of corn in paint is fun.
10. Q-tips. My son loves this one, you can use them perfectly with watercolors and this tool is probably the most neat and tidy of the bunch!