This falls under the heading of “can’t she just throw some things away?” If you have ever read my blog Premeditated Leftovers, then you know the answer to that question is no.
To make paint pots for my toddler, I started with a mixed match assortment of empty plastic containers and then cut a hole in the lid:
I poured a little washable paint in the containers, put the lids on, and let my son go to town: If the paint pot tips over, the lipped lid prevents the paint from running all over the place.
I use an old salad container to hold all of the paint pots:
I don’t empty the paint out of the pots; I just let them slowly dry out inside the salad container. Since the paint is water based, I just add a little water and mix it in with a paint brush when he wants to paint.
How do you minimize arts and craft messes with your children?
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