When it comes to kitting out your youngster's craft collection with all the essentials, paints and painting accessories are a definite must-have! Designed to help inspire creativity, as well as stimulate sensory development, painting is a fun and highly engaging activity that's sure to provide hours of entertainment. With a wide array of both indoor and outdoor painting projects to choose from, here are our top suggestions that are sure to impress your kids, from toddler through to teen.
A great way to help stimulate your little one's imagination, finger painting projects are perfect for youngsters looking to get stuck into something colourful and creative. Non-toxic Child-friendly paints are perfect youngsters as they're easy to wash off, safe and water-based. Palettes are great fun as they allow kids to easily experiment and create new colours for their artwork. If you're concerned about wandering hands leaving unwanted mess on your table top of craft-top surface, then why not lay down a plastic tablecover or poster roll.
From flowers to family portraits, the possibilities really are endless when it comes to finger painting, just make sure your chosen paper pad is thick enough to not let the paint run. If you feel like adding a little more texture, why not switch out the paper for foam. Don't forget - accessories like wiggly eyes and foam shapes are sure to become firm go-to favourites.
Struggling to remove the paint once they've finished? Why not stock-up the craft kit with baby wipes - great for wiping clean their sticky fingers!
If your youngsters are getting bored of the same old painting techniques, why not introduce them to rock painting instead. With the outdoor environment full of ready-to-paint rocks just waiting to be discovered, pebbles and stones make for the perfect natural canvas. What's more, why not make a day of your trip to the local beach, lake, or park by bringing along with you a craft caddy full of all their favourite painting materials.
Acrylic paints are perfect for use on natural materials such as stone, and metallic paints and glitter tubes are sure to help add a little more glitz and glamour. You can get kids crafting paint brushes that are excellent for little hands and are sure to help any young Picasso perfect each and every stroke in style.
Top Tip - Always wash your stones before you start a painting project. This will help remove any worn-on dirt that could either prevent the paint from sticking or ruin your paintbrushes.
Can't find or don't have the time to collect an array of rocks, stones, or pebbles? Why not opt for an all-in-one rock painting kit.
Great for showcasing in any home, or even for gifting to loved ones once complete, painting sets are brilliant for helping keep your youngster entertained for longer.
With pouring art sets, paint your own plaster figure sets, paint your own suncatcher sets and more available, these sets are a great way for your little ones to try something new and then proudly display their brilliant works of art. These fun and exciting sets are excellent for keeping youngsters entertained at special occasions, birthday parties and school activities.
Looking for something just as creative but with a little more skill involved, why not check out painting by numbers sets. With a variety of different images to choose from, these kits even come with paints and a brush included.
If you're planning on heading out and about with your youngster but are looking for some accessories to help them paint the perfect picture, then why not set them up with a stable easel and bring all their must-have items with help from a stylish crafting caddy.
For more top tips on how to keep your child creatively entertained, check out our Recycled Materials: Creating the Perfect Kids Project article.