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Painting on the Fence for Toddlers

Painting on the Fence for Toddlers
Messiness: High
Age Range: 2y - 4y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Julie Kirkwood
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Head outside to do some painting with your toddler. It's fun for them and the clean up is easy for the grown-ups. Just hose off the fence--and the toddler, too.

How We Did It

Painting on the Fence for Toddlers
We carried our supplies outside in a big basket. We chose lots of colors for our paint, and as many different brushes as we could find.
Painting on the Fence for Toddlers

I cut a long piece of paper off my roll of easel paper and attached it to the fence with blue painter's tape. You could also use a heavy-duty staple gun on a wooden fence like this one.

Painting on the Fence for Toddlers
I used a plastic tray to set up the paint for each child, and a jar full of brushes. I also placed a towel there for quick wiping of fingers if they felt they needed it.
Painting on the Fence for Toddlers

Here's how our setup looked, with work areas to accommodate two children.

Painting on the Fence for Toddlers
Here is our little friend, V, with her smock on, checking out the paint and ready to create a masterpiece.
Painting on the Fence for Toddlers
This sponge-dabber for paint is fun to work with.
Painting on the Fence for Toddlers
Sponge rollers are great, too.
Painting on the Fence for Toddlers
Our little friend, T, knew just what to do. Look at him go!
Painting on the Fence for Toddlers
Both kids were very focused on their own work area and paintings.
Painting on the Fence for Toddlers

This project was more about process than product. The kids painted as long as they wanted, then moved on to playing in the back yard. There was very little paint on anything but the paper. Even the kids were mostly paint free. It was all washable, so even if they had painted the whole fence or themselves (hey, that would be fun!), it would have been an easy clean-up.

Painting on the Fence for Toddlers
Our little friends were having so much fun that my 7-year-old asked to paint, too. It was easy to set up another sheet of paper and a tray of paints for her. She got down to the business of being creative right away. What a lovely way to spend the morning outdoors!

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