Little Makers: body painting

This month in Little Makers we did body painting! I’ve been itching to do this program ever since I saw this video of I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More.


Book: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont. One of my all time favorite read-alouds.


App: Finger Paint with sounds. I just did a brief demo of this app, and mentioned that finger painting is a great way to work on pre-writing skills.

Video: I showed the video on the big screen. It took a few minutes to start working, so we just watched it while we were painting



Body painting: Each kid got a big piece of butcher paper and laid down on it. The grown ups traced the kids bodies, and then they painted them!

We used plain watercolor paint, less because of mess but more so that the bodies would dry in time for the kids to take them home.

One boy painted his dad’s arm too, just like in the book. Another kid painted her favorite foods in her tummy.

Grown up tip: Let the kids decide what they paint on their body and what colors to use. Talk about body parts as you go!

This was one of the most fun programs ever! One grandpa asked me for more direction (what do you want them to paint? a face? clothes?) and I explained that it was all up to the kids. Some kids outsourced part of the painting (mom! paint the hands yellow!) and they all worked together with their grownups.

3 thoughts on “Little Makers: body painting

  1. I haven’t seen paints like that since I was in elementary school. I use to try and make them look clean when I was done using them. The picture brings back great memories. I like your blog very much. Mom of 3 here. I wanted to share a beautiful book I just bought and read to my kids. It’s called “Cooking With Mr. C.” It’s a wonderful story with a great message. I’m sharing it with all librarians. I got it on Amazon. Thanks. Mary G.


  2. This looks like so much fun!!! ‘Aint Gonna Paint No More is one of my favourite story time books, this looks like a great family activity. Process-art can be a novel concept to a lot of the families in my library community, who often come from a more rigid, rote-based education background, and they sometimes find my lack of specific outcomes unusual. It’s important to remind caregivers that learning happens in lots of different ways, and that even “making a mess” has value, too! 🙂


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