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Painting in the Garden

I’m never keen on messy play, so summer is the ideal time of year for me to get the children outside and let them be creative with paint.  A few days ago, I took a long strip of paper (some packaging paper that had come with a parcel I was sent) and laid it across the patio.  We had some 99p sponge paints from the 99p shop, along with some solid paints, brushes and some cut up potatoes.

My two couldn’t wait to get stuck in decorating the piece of paper anyway they chose.


They even decided to paint their hands to make prints.paint4paint5My children had so much fun free painting as they wished using the materials they were given.  They were kept entertained for a couple of hours and loved every minute of being outside with paints, using their imagination to create their artistic masterpiece!

So simple, yet so much fun can be had being outside on a sunny day, keeping the mess out of the house.  We had great fun – why don’t you try outdoor painting too?


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  1. outside is the perfect place for painting, you can relax a bit more knowing theres no risk of them painting your living room or furntiture by mistake :p

    like the long sheet of paper you had – i should really save mine from parcels too!
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  2. Sounds like a good idea – got some cardboard so might borrow this idea
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  3. Mummy of Two says:

    Looks like great fun and it’s the perfect time of year for getting messy as you can still keep your house clean!

  4. spicers1976 says:

    I love encouraging 6yo to paint in the garden

  5. lauracymft says:

    Beautiful paintings!

  6. Tracy Nixon says:

    Mine often do the same – even paint on the pavement as it washes away!

  7. Bridget Anderson says:

    Looks like great fun!

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