Christmas Cardboard & Mixing Paint

My kids got tons of toys for Christmas and they ALL came in big cardboard boxes, which we have not gotten around to recycling yet. My three year old got the idea to use the cardboard for painting.  This was definitely a child led activity.  It started off harmless enough:
Then it got a little messier:
Then the socks came off:

Then he broadened the canvas a little:
Luckily I was able to clean up the evidence before his dad got home, as he is a little more anal retentive less tolerant of artistic expression.  To be fair, he is the one who spent last winter repainting the walls.

Next time, I'll be putting some newspapers down.
This was a spur of the moment activity so we didn't have a book to go with it, but since Drew started experimenting with color mixing, the perfect book would have been Mouse Paint.  It's about three white mice who discover jars of red, blue, and yellow paint.  The mice dip their toes in and create all new colors with the different combinations.  This is a great book for explaining color mixing to younger kids.

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12 comments:

  1. This just looks like he had a wonderful time! What a great sensory experience! I had to laugh about your husband...mine has a BFA and still gets a little worried when our downstairs walls are touched with a some "creative expressions!"

    Carla

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  2. You are so brave. Much more daring than I. I'm afraid of super messy play. I do need to relax more though. Coming from Teach me tuesday.

    Veronica @ http://watchmeplaynlearn.blogspot.com/2012/01/water-beads.html

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  3. I love the creativity. It looks like it was a fun afternoon!

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  4. What fun! I miss the days of tiny fingers and tiny toes to make tiny messes! My son is begging for spray paint to paint a ramp for his bike--at least it's outside...And I love the "shorts"!

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  5. Oh a perfect reuse of Christmas cardboard! Hooray!!!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  6. This is really awesome! Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday!!

    Carla

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  7. What a great way to repurpose a "Christmas Box!" Your son's "broadened canvas," made me smile! When my older son was about 3, we were at library story and they were making a "quilt" with paper squares. I said to him, "Put some glue on it and then you can stick it anywhere you want," he promptly turned around and glued it to the wall! One of the moms turned to me and said, "Well, you did say to stick it anywhere he wanted!!"

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  8. Oh, this is a great idea, but I am one of those who hardly ever lets my kids use paint because I am "less tolerant of artistic expression" I am working on that (a little)

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  9. I love it! I was just looking for a project for our Art Group for tomorrow and I have a ton of boxes that the kids would have a ball painting. Thanks for sharing and linking up to stART and also for inspiring me!

    ~Michelle

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  10. You are a brave mama! Newspaper always! I'm afraid the rule is firmly ingrained in my kids' heads.

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  11. This is a great idea! We had SO MANY boxes too....my husband went up and down the street looking for room in our neighbors recycle bins! Thanks so much for linking up at Thrifty Thursday!

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