This project was inspired by our friends at Play-At-Home Mom's reusable drop cloth painting idea. I love letting the little ones paint outside in the morning sun. The colors are so vibrant and the environment (although weed field at our house) is equally stimulating. I have been on the hunt for ways to involve the little ones in decorating their outdoor playroom. The panel we made today is going to hang on the wall behind the art center. :)
Here is what you need...
- 9 x 12 canvas drop cloth
- Paint Brushes and Tools
- 2 Preschoolers and a Baby (or as many children as you have on hand)
It's super simple! We purchased our canvas for under $10 at Home Depot. I recommend setting up in a sunny spot close to shade on a flat surface. For us that ended up being in our drive way fairly close to the house. One of the coolest things that happened was watching the children notice the impact the houses shadow made on the canvas.
Next, we just let the little ones loose. They loved painting with brushes, their hands & feet, sponges, and squeeze bottles. They also loved chasing each other with loaded paint brushes. Look closely at the finished canvas and you can clearly see some adorable foot prints!!
Our canvas is currently drying out back. Once it is dry, I plan to add a coat of marine grade sealer to help maintain it's vibrancy. If you aren't looking to make a permanent installation of this project leave it unsealed! The canvas is machine washable so you can recreate the adventure whenever you wish!