Teacher Tip!

October 26, 2020 No Comments

Kindergarten kids love to paint! Painting Centers are their favorite. Creative arts help shape the development of young children and bring out their personalities. There, they can create unique pictures that are only known by them and a few trusted friends. The colors can be bright, or dark depending on their mood.


As much as I enjoyed their creations, it was messy! The once cleaned room took on hues of the rainbow, a cloudy day, storms, animals, and families to name a few. Cleaning up dried paint every day became a chore I didn’t like. Scrubbing the easels after the paint dried was a tedious task and after all, I had kids at home to clean up after! I hrew away more Styrofoam bowls and paint than I can count!This activity sure did take my joy of teaching down. So, as any resourceful person would do, I came up with an idea.


I took icing cans and cut a hole in the lid big enough to fit a paint brush. I poured some paint into the can and, voila! It held the paint much better than the Styrofoam bowls and the mess was limited. But, after awhile I noticed the paint was drying out and the cans were becoming covered in paint that would mix in with the other colors.


I needed something, a better idea. As I was pulling my sandwich from the baggie, it hit me. I could use sandwich bags inside the cans. I’d put the bag in a can, pour in the paint, and snap on the lid. When the kids finished painting, I’d simply take the cans to the sink to rinse out the brush. Then I would zip the bag over the lid. I didn’t need to remove the bag from the can, OR I could take out the bag and store it. No mess, no fuss! No touching the paint! BRILLIANT! Paint was saved and clean up time almost gone! EASY-PEASY

Lisa Anderson

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