Simple art projects are so helpful when you're trying to keep little hands busy. Around here, we love making constructions out of used shipping boxes, a lot of cutting and pasting, and a good amount of painting. But painting with a brush can be tricky when your little ones are just developing their fine motor skills. If you have a toddler or preschooler at home, consider giving ScrubBEE painting a try. Its easy-grip handle is makes it simple to handle, making it fun to create those masterpieces!
So what type of paint is best?
A Bit about Tempera Paint
- Fast drying, water-soluble, and easy to clean
- Unlikely to flake or crack
- Please note that there is a variety of tempera paint called “egg tempera” that we do not recommend. Definitely not for use with children who may be allergic to eggs!
A Bit about Finger Paint
- Colors are bright and contrasting
- Texture is creamy and resists splashing and run off
- Suitable to use with different objects like stamps, sponges, or ScrubBEEs
If I had to choose, I’d choose finger paint in this scenario, but either will work!
- Protect the work surface with an easy-to-wipe covering
- Tape a piece of poster board to the work surface so the paper is less likely to move around during painting
- Fill little dishes with paint (our BeeKeepers are perfect for this activity, but any shallow dish with sidewalls will work!)
- Have an old towel ready to wipe down the ScrubBEE between color uses (your Little Bee will probably mix the colors anyway, but it’s there just in case!
- Dip the ScrubBEE in one of the dishes.
- Stamp, swipe, or swirl the ScrubBEE on the paper
- Stamp a caterpillar shape, swipe a rainbow, swirl a sun…anything goes!
- When the activity's done, just rinse your ScrubBEE under running water, using your fingernails to loosen any dried paint. Good as new!