Are you looking for activities to do with your toddler this summer? We’ve got you covered with our 15 Days of Intentional Summer Toddler Activities Series. Today we’re sharing three fun painting ideas to do with toddlers this summer!
Today we’re going to talk about an activity that a lot of moms shy away from, or in our case, dad shies away from.
Last summer, my husband took my toddler for a day and asked me to plan a few fun activities for them to do.
I laid out trucks, paint, and paper; then told him to head outside to the deck for some truck painting.
Little did I know what I was asking my husband to do!
We’d been married four years and I had no idea how particular he is when it comes to mess.
I mean he leaves cabinet doors standing wide open and his underwear never make it into the laundry basket.
He piles his clothes up beside his bed and rarely puts them away after taking them off.
How was I supposed to know mess was an issue for him?
He’s a dude.
Dudes like to get messy, right?
Wrong. I didn’t notice that even his “messes” were organized messes (so he says).
Anyway, this activity was no fun for the two of them because my husband couldn’t figure out how to keep my 18 month old (at the time) from covering himself in paint.
Um? That’s sort of the point? Not good.
So if you don’t like mess, then don’t do the following activities.
We do all of our painting without Daddy around – everyone is happier because of it.
3 Fun Painting Ideas for the Summer
1. Toy Truck Painting
I got the toy truck painting idea from Play Create Explore. Looks like fun to me! 😉
2. Water Color Squirt Bottle Painting
This is a fun idea from Mummy Musings and Mayhem. My little one just figured out how to use a spray bottle, so we’ll be sure to incorporate spray bottles into the mix as well.
3. Paint a Slide with Frozen Paint
This fun idea came from Putti’s World. I can see the neighborhood kids really getting into this one. This of the masterpieces!
These are just three of the ones I plan on trying this summer, but there are plenty more ideas out there!
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