The most simple paint in the world for toddlers is yogurt paint. We make it all the time and it’s so easy. It’s yogurt and food coloring. That’s it. The colors are so vibrant and it works on all kinds of surfaces. This week in art play group I brought out our plexiglass painting stand and had a painting party. It was so much fun! The kids surrounded the painting easel on both sides and painted till their hearts content. This is one of those activities I could watch all day. It’s just so magical. Without fail one of the kids will ask for someone to put their face up against the glass so they can “paint it.” It’s so cute. My only regret in making this acrylic painting stand is that it’s not wider. I would love the plexiglass to be about 5 feet wide. I have no idea where we’d keep it if that was the case, but that would be seriously cool. Until then, this one is pretty amazing.
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If making a large wooden plexiglass painting easel is a bit much for you, but you still want to give something like this a try, I have some ideas for you. One idea that’s super easy and ready to go is to paint the window. Yup, make some yogurt paint, put a towel on the floor and go for it. It’s really easy to wash off. Just make sure you don’t use too much food coloring. You don’t want to accidentally stain your walls. You can do it outside going in too, which might work better for you. Another idea is to buy a smaller piece of plexiglass on Amazon. Teach Preschool shows a great way to paint on plexiglass here. Lastly, you can try a variation of plexiglass painting by using transparency paper. Tape a few sheets up to the window or place it on the table over a favorite picture. My kindergarteners loved to use sharpies on transparency paper. It’s just a great unusual surface to paint and draw on.
I can’t get enough of these kids painting with all these great colors. It’s just so pretty. If you want to see how I kinda sorta made this acrylic stand click on over to this post called Acrylic Paint Stand. I got seriously lucky on how it was made. Maybe I’ll get lucky and someone will make me a 5 footer next time. Happy painting!