I’m going to share some fun painting ideas this week, but before we get to those I wanted to share a few of my favorite paint-related products. These are all my personal favorite paints, supplies, and clean up helpers! This post includes Amazon affiliate links.
When it comes to watercolors, Crayola is hands down the best brand. The colors are bright and the packaging is easy for little ones to use independently. Crayola 8 Count Watercolors Are my favorite because half the fun of watercolors is mixing new colors, but they also have an 16 count set. I am personally not a fan of liquid watercolor simply because they are so concentrated that they tend to stain, and since you do have to mix the colors with water there is a lot more potential for spilling.
As far as tempera paint goes, Colorations Washable Tempera is my favorite. It’s available in gallon jugs or smaller containers. I completely understand the economic and storage reasons for buying the gallon jugs, but as a teacher I hated these huge jugs. The pumps were always clogged and when you try to pour them out they make a splashy mess, so I’m partial to the smaller containers. These are super washable (although the purple is a bit hard to get off) and they don’t ruin clothes. The colors are bright and the paint is thick without being heavy.
Next up, brushes. Please, please, please invest in nice brushes. The little ones that come with watercolor sets are crummy, and the children think so too! Kiddos will stick with painting projects longer when they have a nicer brush that actually holds a fair amount of paint. My other recommendation for brushes is to buy them in bulk because they don’t last forever. No one wants to use an old brush that doesn’t move because it’s got so much dried up paint caked in the bristles. Sometimes it’s best to just throw them away – which completely goes against our nature to save and reuse everything! Here are some of my favorite brushes: