On the days we have preschool at home, we do a craft after story. This can include all kinds of things from drawing to cutting to gluing, but the one thing Bella loves the most is painting. Always has. My dad is a painter and Bella has taken his love for colors on from an early age.
Also – what kid doesn’t like to make a mess?
That face. I don’t even know. I think she was in mid-nail bite.
So you’ve seen me post before on activities we do during our preschool time at home. I was thrilled when Leah from Natural Earth Paint sent us the Children’s Paint Kit to use. It came in the cutest little packages with six biodegradable mixing cups and six colors of hand-crafted earth paints – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, brown. Earth Paints are certified organic and non-toxic, a far cry from the ones in the plastic bottles with colors that never come off the kid’s hands.
From their site: “The Children’s Earth Paint Kit is an organic, eco-friendly paint kit made from primarily natural earth pigments (pure clay). The naturally colored clay was collected from the ground, dried, crushed and sifted into pure pigment. Mix water with these six powdered colors to create a creamy paint similar to tempera or add more water to create watercolor like effects.”
Each natural earth pigment is mixed with varying amounts of water to create the look you want. You can see we did more of a water color effect in these. Bella loved that they were so different from her other paints - a high quality, rich, vibrant paint that is free of fillers and preservatives. I loved how easily they cleaned up. I also love that I’m supporting another work at home mom, her family, and passion when I buy refills or kits for friends.
She spent forever making pictures with them. Earth Paint, a little thicker than I had it, would be ideal for finger painting. Because it comes in individual powder packets, you can make as little or as much as you want for each paint session. Mix each color with the recommended amount of water and you have 120oz of eco-friendly Earth Paint total. Because they are milk based, close them in a container for up to 2 weeks to reuse.
We use these at least once a week during homeschool (great for colors, painting shapes, mixing amounts, motor skills). We’ve done leaf prints, painted rocks, and tomorrow we’ll be dying homemade playdough with it. I’ve found it naturally ties in with the Montessori part of our preschool time.
The Children’s Paint Kit contains
- Six colors of hand-crafted earth paints – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, brown (makes 120 oz. of paint when mixed!)
- Six biodegradable mixing cups
- An Earth Paints booklet
- The booklet includes mixing instructions, nature-based art activities, information about the use of earth paints in ancient times, and more.
- All reusable packaging that is 100% Post Consumer Recycled and biodegradable
If you’re interested in ordering your own kit, Natural Earth Paint is offering each of you 20% off the full size Children’s Paint Kit with the code:
Thank you to Leah and her family for providing me with this gorgeous kit and for their hard work in making children’s popular products safe and fun.