My kids love to paint, but I have to admit, I was not a huge fan of dragging out all of the supplies we need to keep them from getting paint all over my furniture, floors, and, of course, themselves. However, I hesitated to squash their creative nature and desire to release their inner Picasso, so I created a go-to basket for painting prep supplies. It is easy to whip up and it keeps everything in one place, so that when their inner painters appear, I can just pull out the bin and they are ready to go. Keep in mind that this bin contains the supplies for one painter, so if you have multiple Picassos, just double or triple the supplies.
Kids’ Painting Prep Bin
What You’ll Need:
2 plastic tablecloths
1 roll of tape
1 old, oversized t-shirt or button-down
1 roll of paper towels
1 rag or old washcloth
1 6” x 6” square of flat shelf liner (not the bumpy kind)
1 sturdy container for water (a margarine or cream cheese tub works well, as do short yogurt containers)
1 disposable pie tin for the paint
A variety of paint brushes, sponges, etc.
1 bin or box to hold it all (plastic bins work best)
About the supplies:
- Bet you are wondering about the shelf liner, right? Well, I have found that if you put the water on the shelf liner, it is a tad bit more difficult to knock over. If water spills on it, it is much easier to clean up. It is an optional item to include, but it works wonders for our family.
- The pie tin for the paint is perfect, because you can wash and re-use it time and time again. You could also use a large lid from a massive coffee can if you prefer.
- The tape is to tape the plastic tablecloth to the table. It makes such a difference when the tablecloths aren’t shifting around.
- One tablecloth is for the table, the other is for the floor.
- Old business shirts work even better than t-shirts for smocks. If you do not have any, try browsing the racks at a local thrift store – they are usually filled with them!