Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Outdoor Canvas

Making a mess with paint can be fabulous fun at any age, but bringing the mess outside is a great way to encourage expression without worrying about the clean-up! And with summer upon us, it is another way to get the kids outside for some sun and fresh air. Here are some ideas to get your kids creating outside:

  • Grab a large bucket of sidewalk chalk and set them loose on the driveway. Nothing forces creativity quite like a blank canvas--especially an outdoor one!
  • Another way to temporarily decorate your driveway is with sidewalk paint. Just mix together 1/4 cup of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water and add a few drops of food coloring. The kids will love it and, best of all, it washes right off. Tip: save used applesauce cups and use them for mixing the paints.
The yellow paint spilled, but it looked interesting anyway.

  • Smooth the sand in the sandbox and have your kids draw in it with their fingers.
  • Gather items from nature (sticks, leaves, etc.) and have your children arrange them as a picture or collage. When you're done, the items can be thrown in the yard waste or compost pile.
Have fun, and don't forget to grab your camera!


  1. This is such a good idea; one I'll be using. It looks so fun I'll be doing it too! :D
    Catherine Denton

  2. Good for you, Catherine! I think it's best to join in on the fun, rather than just setting the kids loose.