It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had the paints out here so this afternoon I decided to change it up a bit and set up painting with kitchen utensils in the tuff tray. G was a bit unsure at first about being allowed to use kitchen equipment to paint with but soon got stuck in once she saw the different marks and patterns she could make.

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I set out this invitation to paint inside whilst G was busy in the garden, although this would also be a great activity to do outdoors due to the mess. I used plastic and metal utensils so they were easy to clean up and paper plates so I could dispose of them once we were finished.

painting with kitchen utensils

There’s something about doing art projects on large rolls of paper that seems to excite and capture little imaginations and creativity more than using A4 pieces of paper at the table. Firstly G tested out what patterns and marks each utensil could make along with different ways of making the marks – stamping, splatting and scraping along the paper.

painting with kitchen utensils

The potato masher was by far her favourite as it made snake like patterns on the paper. After using several pieces of paper to create some lovely kitchen utensil art she requested paintbrushes and a new piece of paper to create an Ariel beach picture (it’s all about Disney princesses at the moment!).


This also turned out to be a great colour mixing activity as the colours started to blend together, something G is really interested in at the moment. She is always fascinated that she can create new colours and is starting to remember what colours to mix together to make a new colour.

This is definitely a painting activity we will be doing again and next time I might suggest to G if she can think of other things she can paint with other than paintbrushes.

Activity extension ideas:

Ways to further extend this activity could include:

  • Panting with things found around the garden such as twigs, leaves, flower heads etc.
  • Paint with toys such as cars, dinosaurs or any other small plastic toy
  • Use different surfaces to paint on such as tin foil.
  • Check out our Painting Ideas Pintrest board for lots more inspiration.


Links to Learning:

  • Communication & Language: understands use of objects, learning new words (names of utensils)
  • Literacy: early mark making, gives meaning to the marks they make
  • Physical development: enjoying sensory experiences, squatting to play, makes connection between movement and marks they make, using palmer grasp or tripod grip, copying shapes or letters
  • Understanding the World: looks closely and similarities, differences and patterns, talks about why things happen.
  • Personal, social and emotional development: playing alongside other children, initiating play, keeping play going.
  • Maths: talking about shapes and patterns
  • Expressive arts and design: exploring wide range of media and sensory exploration, describing textures, creates simple representations of people or objects, selecting particular colours, captures experiences with a wide range of media.


painting with kitchen utensils

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