Thinking Outside The Box for Classroom Paint Projects

Ever get tired of stocking your art stations with plain old paint brushes and plain old paint? (Ever wonder if your students are getting bored too?) Here are some great ways to "think outside the box" when it comes to painting in your classroom!

Unique Painting Tools

  • Plastic straw
  • Foam brush
  • Paint pipette
  • Paint roller
  • Sponge
  • Stamp made from fresh fruits & veggies (e.g. apples, potatoes, etc.)
  • Paint scraper
  • Wire brush
  • Feather
  • Spray bottle/small water gun
  • Small toy cars
  • Cake decorator bag (with very thick paint!)
  • Old chalkboard eraser
  • Cookie cutter
  • Toothbrush
  • Basting brush
  • Dry pasta
  • Fresh or dried corn on the cob
  • Q-tips
  • String
  • Cotton balls

Along with new tools, try spicing up your paint selections. To add a bit of texture try baking powder, peppercorns, seeds (especially during spring and garden season!), sand, glitter, etc. If you're looking for "smelly" sensory experiences, try adding a bit of vanilla extract, Kool-Aid, cinnamon, peppermint extract, etc. These are certainly non-exhaustive lists of paint center "improvements", but should go a long way in chasing any boredom away!

Looking for quality paint supplies? MPM School Supplies has a great selection of craft paint, kids paint brushes, fun tool kits, kids aprons, and much more!

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