Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's Playtime: Outdoor Painting Fun

Last week's It's Playtime received over 100 links!!!  Thank you all for sharing!  

My son was busy this past weekend "painting" his playhouse with chalk.  He even got one of the neighborhood kids involved.

I also gave him a bucket with soapy water, a sponge, and some rags.  Once he was happy with his paint job, he and his friend washed it clean.  The older kids in the neighborhood decided that what he was doing was more fun then anything they had planned.  After Michael was finished with this project they moved in, covering the playhouse with chalk, then washing it.  Unfortunately, I was doing laundry and unable to take pictures of that spectacle.  Who said only preschoolers enjoy outdoor painting and washing?

Several other bloggers over at It's Playtime showed us that you don't need paint for outdoor painting.  Kids can enjoy the experience in several different ways:

The kids over at Adventures @ Play enjoyed Water Painting on their patio using big paint brushes and buckets of water.
The Chocolate Muffin Tree shared their DIY Crushed Chalk Paint, perfect for decorating the driveway or sidewalk.  
While Embracing the Rain, the kids over at Inspiration Surrounds Creativity Abounds explored homemade chalk paint mixed with rain water.  Check out their homemade rain coats too!
Tinker Lab shared pictures of her friend's son and his Outdoor Water Painting Experiments.  He enjoyed using small paint brushes, water, paper, the sidewalk, and chalk sticks. 

If you have been featured this week, grab a button and wear it proudly on your blog!

Now it's your turn!
It's Playtime is a community and Thursday link-up hosted by:

* Rachele : Messy Kids (that's me!)
* Anna : The Imagination Tree
* Rachel : Quirky Momma
* Jamie : hands on : as we grow
* Jenny : Let the Children Play

How to Play :

* Link up a post about a playful learning experience enjoyed by kids.
* Give us love and pop a button into your post/blog. Invite your readers to the weekly playdate!

* Stop by one of our blogs every Thursday and add your link about play. Your link will show up on each of the blogs in the It's Playtime community.
* Each week the playtime hosts will choose favorite posts to feature. (By linking you are giving us permission to use an image and link to you, if featured.)
* Be sure to visit some of the links that catch your eye. Commenting on posts that you find interesting or inspiring is a wonderful way to develop your own playful community.




  1. Thanks for the mention! Looking forward to some more innovative ideas on this week's playdate!

  2. Wow, what a great resource! As a home-day care provider, I'm always looking for daily activities that are quick and easy (but not necessarily clean!). It looks like I've landed at my one stop shop. Thanks for putting all this together!!

    Lindsey @

  3. What a great way to start my day - thank you so much for featuring us!

    I'm looking forward to participating again and checking out all of the other inspiring and creative ideas.



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