Kids painting: no paintbrushes allowed! paint station

kids paintingThis month’s Kids Art Explorers project is all about trying out painting – but with no paint brushes allowed. This week we set up a No Pain Brush Paint Station and went on a hunt to see what we could find around the house that might be good to paint with. The children found some great stuff. They discovered lots of different shapes and textures and were excited to be painting with things they considered rather daring!

I’m so thrilled that lots of you are joining in with the Kids Art Explorers project and trying out alternative ways to paint. Here’s what we used in our paint station and another opportunity at the end to check out all the great art the other Explorers have been making.

Kids painting station: no paint brushes allowed!

You’ll see in the photo at the top some of things the kids collected to add to the paint station. We laid out a roll of decorators lining paper and some trays of paint and we set to work.

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The potato mashers were a big hit. Fun to use and great for stamping.
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These washing up sponges in flower shapes were great to painting
The children were interested to see how the nail brush could be used in different ways to get different effects – swipes and stamps.
bubble wrap and contrast
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How to cool to be able to get a fork from the cutlery drawer and dip it in paint! They found is was very good for scraping patterns in the paint…
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and also for making repeating zig zags.
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The shower scrunchy was nice for swooshing and wiping out the other patterns on the paper.
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And the bubble wrap made a great mottled patter. The kids spent a long time at our paint station. I think the ‘anything goes’ rule about the painting materials encouraged them to really test our just what effects they could create. The big roll of paper gave them plenty of space to try out each implement and also to go back over their work and experiment with layering one style of painting over another.Complete art lesson plans, exploring great artists


  1. says

    the fork makes great marks both in the paint and with paint on it, but my favourite has to be the potato masher. I think i will do this with Goblin (in the garden) but knowing him he’ll end up with just his hands.
    Thanks for linking to Kids Co-op (and starting it of course!)

  2. says

    I LOVE the concept of ‘no paint brushes allowed’ – it promotes so much creativity! I am always looking around at things differently to see what we could use next! We will use the brush next time :o) Thanks for hosting this awesome linky!

  3. says

    I love the idea of a paint free painting station – thank you so much for this I love stepping outside of J’s paint brush comfort zone – he even got his hands marginally messy this time

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