Do you like our new design? Me too but I am still working on filling up the category pages with the most helpful links for my readers. That takes time. Quite a bit of time actually and while my son was at day camp last week I really needed something to keep my daughter occupied while I scrolled through posts and adding things here and there. She loves to read but she already read and she had already beaded a bunch, I wasn’t ready for her to have screen time yet ( that was being saved for a conference call later that day) so I decided I’d give her some paint and let her experience some art outside while painting her play house!
What a huge hit! Not only was she into it that day but a few days ago when our neighbor came over they repainted it where the sprinkler had washed the paint off!
Gather your materials. You will need some washable paint, unbreakable dishes, and brushes. You may also want a damp towel on hand for a good pre-clean before entering your house. Test the paint on the bottom of the house before you do it to make sure it will wash off. I did not do this but was happy when it all came off easily two days later with the sprinkler.
She had a blast playhouse painting, not sure why we’d never done it before!
I get asked about this playhouse a lot so here is an affiliate link to Amazon for it —> Sweetheart Playhouse
Books about Painting
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I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!by Karen Beaumont is guaranteed to entertain your child, even my toddler was laughing and anticipating the rhyming text which tickled me to no end! Now I have had some parents in the past not be happy about the use of “ain’t” and the little boy in the story painting everywhere, I would counter that by saying people do use “ain’t” and kids do paint on things they aren’t supposed to you can use this as an example of what you aren’t supposed to do, and ask your child what they think should happen if they painted all over the house? As far as using “Ain’t” I would play the traditional “It ain’t gonna rain no more” and explain that the author used that song as inspiration for the book.
Hugo and Miles In I’ve Painted Everything by Scott Magoon is going on my must-buy list. I have renewed this book for months from my local library. I finally have to return this book and I just don’t want to! The book is all about Hugo a painter who has painter’s block. He goes to Paris with his best friend Miles for inspiration, and among the sites, the masterpieces and thanks to the Eiffel tower he finds it! I love this book and my son just eats it up. He wants to go to Paris to the “Moosay Dor-see” to see Van Gogh and climb the Eiffel tower thanks to Hugo!
Willow by Denise Brennan Nelson is another wonderful book about artistic spirit. Willow doesn’t follow the rules in art class, instead she paints what she sees when she closes her eyes. Her teacher’s rules are unfair, restrictive and she is just plain mean! It’s hard as a teacher to read stories with mean, repressive teachers in them, and this one takes the cake. Willow doesn’t stop painting blue apples and is confident in her individuality and isn’t as bothered by her mean teacher as I am. This story is really worth a look!!