When I taught kindergarten, I didn’t use washable paint. Yes, I was probably nuts, but hear me out. Washable tempera paint just isn’t as vivid as regular tempera paint. (And don’t even get me started on those off-brands that have ridiculously dull colors!) In my opinion, if children are having an art experience, they should be using products that give them an amazing color explosion instead of a ghost of the experience they could have had.
“But Kim, you crazy blogger, what about the mess and the staining?” I always made sure my kids were wrapped up in big ol’ men’s shirts whenever they painted. In addition, I told parents that kindergarten was for exploration and the kids would be using paint that stains. They would also be outside frequently. This is not the place for delicate clothing and cute little dress shoes. Learning is messy!
Now let’s celebrate paint with this fabulous process art freebie!