Sand bucket. Check. Shovels. Check. Paint brush? Heck yeah.
A Chappaqua mom recently told me that she always brings paint brushes for her kids to play with at the beach. Preschoolers and toddlers will love dipping the brushes in buckets of water and then “painting” water smears on rocks and shells. They don’t mind that there’s no color — it’s interesting enough to see the water streaks.
No brushes? Encourage your little one to dip their hands in the water and make handprints or footprints or thumbprints on big rocks.
If your aspiring Van Gogh really wants to paint, then throw a set of watercolor paints into your beach bag. If your child gets covered in paint, just rinse him off in the water. Besides, it’s fun to get a little messy sometimes.
If you’re not headed to the beach, grab one of your old paint brushes and give your child a chance to “paint” the fence or the deck. Fill a bucket with water and pretend it’s their favorite color.
“It occupies your kids for hours,” she told me.