Painting has never been more fun! Ruby, my almost 2 year old, loves to paint. And it typically involves paint ending up on her hands, feet, clothes…basically anywhere but the paper 😉 I love to let her learn and explore, but sometimes I want to give her time to paint WITHOUT a huge mess afterwards!
Enter Kwik Stix paint sticks
! We were so excited when The Pencil Grip, Inc sent us a pack of fast-drying, mess-free paint sticks to try.
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USING THE MARKERS
Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint sticks take the mess out of painting while keeping all the fun! They are the perfect size for tiny hands, easy to grip, and twist up when they need more paint. I found the caps are slightly difficult for kids to take off on their own, so either set them out without the lids on or make sure that they aren’t snapped on all the way.
I printed out some shapes for Ruby to paint so she had some structure with the paint sticks, but she also loves creating pictures with just a blank piece of paper!
Kwik Stix have a fast drying formula that allow them to dry in 90 seconds! That means you can stack the papers on top of each other when the kids finish painting. No more hanging pictures up in random places around the room waiting for them to dry, or fearing pages sticking together 😉 And no need for cups, smocks, water, or brushes…also a plus! Set up and clean up is quick and easy!
Ruby loved choosing from the vibrant colors to paint her shapes. I loved that I could just hand her a color and let her be creative!
She made sure to put the lid back on the paint sticks after she used them which is great fine motor practice as well.
I also printed out a sheet with Ruby’s name in bold letters so she could practice the letters in her name while painting! She loved this one! As you can see, she choose pink again…her favorite color 😉
This would be a great center to set out at the start of the school year! You can customize a name page for all the students in your class and have them use their Kwik Stix paint sticks
to decorate their names.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN NAME SHEETS
Want to make some name sheets for your students? I created mine in PowerPoint. Simply enter a text box and type in your student’s name. The font I used is called KG Sorry Not Sorry Chub and can be found free here
. I changed the font color to white and added a black outline to the text.
Ruby LOVES painting with Kwik Stix
and I love giving her an opportunity to be creative without the stress of a huge mess 😉