Kick box painting with toddlers

Kick box painting with toddlers

My nephew Wy loves to kick balls, push cars, and color with markers but there is one thing that he really doesn’t seem to like….

Wy doesn’t like to paint.

When Wy gets a little paint on his hands, he stops in his tracks and just stares like it is a disease. But unfortunately for Wy, I love to paint and so I have been trying to find inventive ways to get Wy exposed to painting little by little. I am hoping to get him over his paint phobia.

The plan evolved after a trip to McDonald’s where we got this really cool ball in our Happy Meal. The numbers and shapes on the ball stick out and I thought we could go home and try painting with the ball but knowing Wy won’t want paint on his hands – we invented kick box painting instead…

We started by putting three drops of paint on a piece of plain white paper.

Then we put the paint and the paper in a box with a lid.

Wy picked up the box and shook it…

and then he decided to push the box around the room…

And then he decided to kick the box. I have never seen a kid get so much exercise from a painting activity!

And when Wy was all finished, we opened the box to see the results.

Our Kick Ball Masterpiece!

Turn a box into more toddler fun!


  • V.Kerr Posted July 23, 2010 10:38 pm

    Super cool idea!

  • Sarah Posted July 23, 2010 10:42 pm

    This works as an infant art activity as well. A box to play with.

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted July 23, 2010 10:44 pm

    That’s true! Good point!

  • Patti Posted July 23, 2010 10:58 pm

    Fantastic idea!

  • Briana Posted July 23, 2010 11:30 pm

    Score! Good for you finding a way to “meet him where he was at”. 🙂

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted July 23, 2010 11:53 pm

    Yes – I am learning how to do that everyday:) Really stretching my creative energy here!

  • Scott Posted July 24, 2010 12:29 am

    You just had to find the right KIND of painting for him! This is great. I’ll bet my kindergartners would like it, too.

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted July 24, 2010 12:44 am

    I agree – I think you could do this with any age – even take it outside for a little kick-box game:) Endless possibilities!

  • Jenny Posted July 24, 2010 4:26 am

    Love it!

  • carly@LearningParade Posted August 3, 2010 5:01 pm

    We have lots of empty boxes “kicking around” after Rebecca’s birthday yesterday, now we know something really fun to do with them tomorrow, thanks! 🙂

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted August 3, 2010 6:55 pm

    Have fun:)

  • Amber Posted November 22, 2010 8:55 am

    I absolutely LOVE this idea. It is perfect!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted November 22, 2010 10:49 pm

    Thank you Amber:) I appreciate you leaving a comment – that is my nephew doing all that kicking!!

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