Use What You Have – Egg Carton Paint Dish

One toy and activity that Ewan really is into right now is painting. I love getting him painting. Letting him get his hands dirty. Giving him a chance at creating.

But, truth be told, he’s never been a big fan of finger painting. He’s a little finicky with the slimy texture of the paint as it slips through his fingers. And, once he has the paint in his hands he’s really not sure what to do with it.

It was clear, with my little guy, that a proper paintbrush was in order. So, was a tray to hold his paints.

The egg carton was a perfect solution. Not only did it help me to find a way to reuse one of the many egg cartons that are piling up around here waiting for a creative purpose; it also gave me a way to offer him six separate colors in a container that I don’t have to wash.

The dish was big enough to hold the paints and fit his large brush, light enough for him to move and manipulate.

The colors, obviously, didn’t stay separate. He likes them that way. But I still think it is a good solution that works for us now, and will work for a long time to come.

(For those that are wondering, for now, he uses Crayola Fingerpaints. They are nontoxic, though I am happy that he shows no interest in eating them anyways.)

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  • Aunt Sandy

    “He’s a little finicky with the slimy texture of the paint as it slips through his fingers.” I have to chuckle about this because it reminds me so much of his mama when she was a little girl!

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  • http://ellabeanandco.blogspot.com Andrea!!!

    I just put an empty egg carton aside for this very purpose!

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