Outdoor time: Patio Painting!

Today during outdoor time, we were exploring a friend’s yard, pulling up rocks to look for bugs (we found a ton of beetles), and we found a newt!  It was a really calm newt and let the girls hold it and walked up their arms for about half an hour before we decided that he would not be much longer for this world if we didn’t put him back.  It was a really amazing experience to have had.  Only spending time outdoors will give you that!  That’s one unstructured outdoor time story.  Its really just as important as the structured stuff that I show here.

But, this post is actually about painting our patio with my nephew, the girls’ cousin, Drew.  This was a really fun activity and would have been an even bigger hit if it hadn’t been 95 degrees out and all the places for painting in the sun.  We may have to do it again soon.  I got this idea from Pink and Green Mama (love that blog!) and we had a blast with it.

First we made two paint palettes in cupcake tins with food coloring (two or three drops in each), a heaping spoon full of corn starch, and enough water to make a slightly runny paint.
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Then I set the kiddos loose with brushes, their own palettes (because sharing is just sometimes too hard!), and a bucket of water to rinse in. They painted the bricks on the patio, then started to experiment with mixing colors, and then painting with their hands (yes, even Drew who hates to get his hands dirty). I think that we’ll try this again soon, but maybe in the driveway in the morning when there’s shade and on the blacktop where the paint might show up even better. I didn’t really get any pictures of the finished product, but it ends up in really nice bright pastel colors when it is dry.
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6 Responses to “Outdoor time: Patio Painting!”


  1. 1 Karen August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Looks like fun, does the paint come off?

    • 2 mysillylittlelife August 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm

      Yep! It sprays right off with the hose. I’m sure that rain would take it off, too, but we luckily have not had enough of that to try it out.

  2. 3 Kristen August 13, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Look at Drew being all artsy! I don’t believe he got his hands dirty though, there is no photographic proof. Andy will be excited that he can subscribe to your blog now!

  3. 4 ScientologyParent August 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    That looks like it was great fun!!!

  4. 5 Rachel November 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    We did that a few years ago – the kids loved it! Oh, and be sure to not let it dry. We still have a butterfly painted on our fence. I didn’t rinse it off in time – oh well, it adds character to the house 🙂

    • 6 mysillylittlelife November 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      It came off the concrete after it dried, but I’ll have to remember that in case anyone decides to go crazy on our picket fence!


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