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Painting with Clothespins

This is a simple, but engaging activity using things you probably have around the house!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

QUICK RECAP

So today, we tried painting with clothespins.  You guys know that I love finding things that are easy to set up with common household materials – especially with a new baby! – so this activity was perfect.

So to get started you’ll just need paint, (glue is optional) clothespins, cotton balls, and pom poms. Get creative and find other items around your house that can be used as a paint brush!  My kids get pretty messy with arts and crafts, so we thought it would be fun to cut holes out of plastic bags to use as disposable smocks. Once you’re all set up, it’s super simple. Using the clothespins, the kids can onto any item of their choice and start using it to paint.  Pro tip–make sure you have a bowl on hand for your dirty brushes. I had a feeling Presley would really like this, but I was shocked that Ford (who normally paints for all of 30 seconds) really loved this too. It’s hard to find an engaging activity for toddlers and this one really works on their fine motor skills and allows them to be creative. It also allows them to experiment with different objects and textures. We ended up with some really beautiful paintings, very colorful clothespins, and Tess slept through the whole thing. Win-win!



Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (9, 6, 4). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best play that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house. Follow her behind the scenes at Instagram @whatsupelle. {{Privy:Embed campaign=591322}}