If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.
I’m a huge fan of giving kids projects that have very few rules. Seeing what kids can come up with on their own is always a lot more fun than a structured project. One of the best ways to do this is to give them some paints and paper. If you want to try something new, there are so many ways to paint without the standard paintbrush. Here are some great ways to make your own paintbrushes and let the kids experience something completely new.
Not only is pointillism a great way to change up the painting routine, but you can add in an art history lesson along the way. Grab anything that can make a great dotter, we used pencils, but you can use q-tips, knitting needles, or anything else you have lying around!
Yarn Paintbrushes – Learn Play Imagine
Yarn is another fun way to make paint brushes. You can make long and short bristles to let kids experiment. It can make for some really fun and abstract paintings!
Natural Paintbrushes – Learn Create Love
Take a nature hike and make paintbrushes with what you collect! It’s a great way to bring the outdoors in and can let kids experiment with different textures.
Silly Paint Brushes – The Carle Museum
These craft foam paintbrushes look like a ton of fun to use and can be created with many different shapes and textures. The loops look great but what about straight bristles, or pointed?
Sponge Paint Brushes – Paging Fun Mums
Who doesn’t love sponge painting? Take it to the next level with fun and funky paintbrushes made from cut up sponges!
Make Your Own Paint Brushes – Growing a Jeweled Rose
This link has a bunch more DIY paintbrush ideas. Doesn’t this picture look like fun already?
For more ideas for crafting with kids, check out more Kids Crafts Posts.