Super Fun Painting Activity Toddlers & Preschoolers Will Love

My son loves to paint, so when I first saw this fly swatter painting idea on Pinterest, I knew it was something we needed to try as a "project" (as he calls all of our crafts and activities). This is a really easy activity to put together, though it can definitely get messy. But fun for toddlers and preschoolers generally involves a mess, anyway, right? 

If your toddler or preschooler loves painting activities, you've got to try fly swatter painting. It's an easy craft for busy moms and your little one is guaranteed to love it! -

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What you will need

The supply list is pretty simple: fly swatters, paint, paper plates for each color of paint, a smock to cover your child (an old oversized shirt or garbage bag with holes cut out work just as well), a roll of white paper and duct tape (we used T-Rex tape), some type of hard surface or easel. 
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What you will prepare

Prep for this project is very easy, as well. Just put some paint on the plates, get your smock, cut the paper and tape it to either the ground or another surface, keeping in mind that your child might miss the paper! We taped our paper to the ground in the backyard. I don't think my son got much on the ground but with washable paint, I wasn't too worried about it. 
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What you will do

Once everything is ready to go, give your child a flyswatter and let him place it on a plate of paint, with your assistance. Then show your child how to "swat" the paint on the paper. This is a great activity for color recognition with younger toddlers and color mixing with older toddlers or preschoolers... because there is almost certain to be mixing! 

We had the best time making our fly swatter art. When you're done, you can roll it up and throw it out or let it dry and save it to put your little artist's work on display.