I have to admit I was totally freaked out by my girls using face paint themselves the first time they did it. They begged and begged and eventually I couldn’t think of a good enough reason why they shouldn’t be able to try it themselves. That was about a month ago. Now, we’re addicted. Turns out face painting is the ultimate process art experience for kids. I highly recommend this art activity for kids, even if you’re freaking out at the thought of this right now. Keep reading.
We’re actually wo Snazaroo Face Painting Sets later and the Cherry girls are ready to be hired for your next birthday party. Oh my goodness, this is really awesome if you can let go enough to let it happen. I know this isn’t for everyone, but I swear it’s not nearly as messy as you think it will be and you can do it from start to finish in the bathtub if you’re totally freaked out about the mess. Talk about building autonomy, teamwork and collaboration. I can’t get over how responsible both my girls have been with the materials, the furniture and each other. The process from start to finish is really exceptional.
1 Snazaroo Face Painting Set (I know there are other brands of face paint. We’ve had great success with these and no allergies but everyone is different)
1 cup or jar of water
a table easel (if you don’t have one Art Bar has a great tutorial on how to make a cardboard easel)
some baby wipes
some space to be left alone, mom : )
Feel free to borrow ours.
1. They must take a bath immediately after. No arguing.
2. You must stay in the designated face painting area.
3. You can only paint from the belly up. No legs or feet.
4. Have fun.
5. Don’t paint mommy. (This rule was broken several times. My kids are not perfect after all. Nor is their mother.)
*TIP* You might also want to take a minute to demonstrate how to use the face paint. Dip your brush in water, you can wipe it on the little sponge they give you, and then gently dab your brush on the paint. You don’t need a lot of paint and you don’t need to push your hard on the face paint. Be gently. A little goes a long way.
The first time we did it, almost an hour later and I barely heard a peep from these two. Unless it was to eaves drop on conversations that sounded like this. “Gig, will you do my face? Can I have a rainbow?” “Sure Didi. Sit down here. I’ll make yours beautiful.” They kept painting each other, wiping off what they didn’t want with a wipey and doing it again.
My girls are just about 3 and 4 years old. It’s been a long haul of a lot of crying, whining and holding over the past four years. It is such an absolute pleasure to see them working together, collaborating, and learning together while they explore an engaging and imaginative activity. Over and over again.
Like I said, this wasn’t a one time experience. It’s been about a month and we just purchased our second face painting kit. We even had a few play dates where everyone painted each others faces and then we jumped in the pool. That was a great one. No one has had any allergies so far so that’s been really great too.
I want to do this for Didi’s 3rd birthday coming up. How cool would it be to have ten mirrors set up and all the kids working on themselves and each other? I just don’t want the parents to freak. Would you be okay with a face painting birthday party?? Would love to hear your thoughts on that one.
Thanks for reading along everyone! If you want to see a list of my favorite art supplies for kids just click here. Happy face painting. xo Meri