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Did you ever do those paint with water books back when you were a kid? I had completely forgotten about them until I ran across some in a store the other day. Mostly out of nostalgia, I bought one for each of the kids. And as it turns out, they’ve been a great purchase!
Not only are these paint with water books a fairly mess-free painting activity, the kids love them, they are simple to set up, and they promote the development of fine motor skills necessary for writing – a win, win, win in my book!
My daughter picked the Melissa & Doug My First Paint with Water – Blue book. It was the kind where the paint is built in to the colors already printed on the page, and by adding water, the paint spreads around like magic and colors in the picture.
The kids really enjoyed painting with this book.
My son picked a different kind of paint with water book – Melissa & Doug Paint with Water – Vehicles – a kind of paint with water book that was new to me.
Instead of the paint being built in to the print on the page, there was a paint pad at the top of each page in the book that the kids could use by wetting the paint areas with water.
There wasn’t a lot of paint on each pad and the kids struggled a bit to get it on their brushes, but they still really enjoyed the experience.
Now, toward the end of the day my daughter has been frequently asking to paint with her paint with water book, so I guess this activity has been a hit!
More resources for kid-friendly arts and crafts
More arts and crafts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Tape resist watercolor painting
- Coffee filter art
- Crystallized snowflakes
- Upcycled crayons
- Leaf collages
- Glue monsters
- Chromatography flowers craft