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Busy Hands: Painting with Kitchen Tools

It's always fun to experiment with different painting techniques with Little Dude. We have tried painting with foam shapes and cars. Our window painting was a big hit. He has also started using a big brush, but he does like his fingers better! For a change, I decided to throw him a challenge by giving him regular kitchen tools to paint with. Toddlers are always curious about them anyway, so they would love it when they can get messy with them!

Painting with Kitchen Tools

You can see my Easy Homemade Paint recipe here. I just made the three primary colours, so he could mix them together. This would be a perfect outdoor activity, but we had to make do with indoors because it's getting very hot here, even in the early morning. Luckily, we have tiles so it's easy to do these kind of activities on our floor. 

I stuck a large sheet of paper across the floor, and put the following kitchen tools on it along with my paint:
- Potato masher
- Balloon whisk
- Turner
- Fork
- Skimmer
- Citrus juicer

Little Dude chose the most interesting one first, the potato masher! It made some cool prints on the paper. Then, he tried the turner and the skimmer. The patterns were very different from each of these, so it kept him interested.

Toddler Painting with Kitchen Tools

He then 'painted' with the others instead of making patterns, until he got to the juicer which made nice patterns too.

Toddler Painting with Kitchen Tools

This was the first time we tried 'big art' and I think Little Dude liked that he had such a large area to work on. Painting with kitchen tools is a great way to explore patterns, and simply have fun!


(Busy Hands is a series about activities and craft you can do with toddlers and young children).

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22 comments

Sophie Lovett said...

This is brilliant! Arthur's really not sure about painting yet - he hates getting it on his hands! But he does love playing with kitchen tools so maybe this is the way to get him into it... :)

Eileen Teo said...

my kids would like to do that! they are a big messer! Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

Great activity! Must do this with the wee girl. Now that the weather is improving we can take it outside :) #LetKidsBeKids

Vicky Myers said...

I think my kids would love this, what a great idea:)

Clarissa Hooper said...

We have yet to try "big art" however we love painting so this may be next on our to do list! I also love the simple painting tools you used :)

Merlinda Little said...

I always wish that I can do the crafting/activity that you are doing! Looks fun! I really dont have that much energy by the end of the day to give him something to do. But I promise to try harder =) #LetKidsBeKids

Katie Markey McLaughlin said...

This is a great idea! I think my son is ready for "big art," and I love the idea of giving him an unorthodox "brush."

Katie Markey McLaughlin said...

Re-posting my comment because for some reason it posted from a really old account that I never use. Strange! Anyway...This is a great idea! I think my son is ready for "big art," and I love the idea of giving him an unorthodox "brush."

Tarana said...

I'm sure he'll love it!

Tarana said...

Try it, Eileen!

Tarana said...

Thanks, Clarissa! I'm always looking for things around the house for him to play with.

Tarana said...

Merlinda, maybe you can try it once a week! That's how I started out.

Tarana said...

Would he be interested in finger painting? You can try a simple flour and water paint recipe for that.

Caroline said...

Looks like had loads of fun! Painting is always a great activity and it is nice to give them different thing to paint with sometimes! xx #letkidsbekids

Lizzy - muddle-headed mamma said...

This is such a cool idea! My daughter would love it, although I think I might wait a little while before actually letting her near paint! She is definitely curious about the kitchen tools already though and always wants to stand on a stool and help me whenever I do the dishes ... can't wait till she's old enough to do them for me!

Karen Bell said...

Fab idea and it does look fun. Kids always love exploring something new and it's always good to go big!
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

Tarana said...

It was really fun, especially since he had a a lot of space too!

Tarana said...

Maybe you can give them to her and have her bang on some 'drums'!

Natasha said...

Now this is cool. I enjoy using everyday items to paint with. I find the pattern that they make give inspiration to new art projects sometimes. Great post, thanks for sharing at The Weekly Kid Co-Op Link Up

Tarana said...

Thanks, Karen. It was our first time with big art, and he loved it!

Tarana said...

Thanks, Natasha!

Lizzy - muddle-headed mamma said...

Oh she'd love that! :)

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