Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that you shouldn't paint at home. It was truly one of my favorite activities with my kids when they were younger. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for painting at home with kids:
*Buy a vinyl table cloth at the dollar store and cover your table with it each time you paint. It won't matter if the kids spill, makes clean up faster, and protects your table. It will be the best dollar you have ever spent.
*Have a paint box and fill it with water color paints, finger paints, and washable tempra paints. These are the three easiest to clean.
*Save small jars to store brushes in and use as a water jar. Having a designated jar for washing brushes is a must.
*Always have baby wipes in your house. Even if your kids are past the stage of needing wipes, they work perfectly for wiping paint off of hands and wiping a glob of paint off of the floor.
*Paint with your kids. I always found that my kids focused longer on their piece of art if I was focusing on my piece of art at the same time. (No, I don't really consider myself an artist, but I tell the kids that we are ALL artists and just need to keep practicing our different forms of art.)
In kindergarten, we create a beautiful mess each and every time we break the paints out. The kids need this time to explore and let their creativity shine. I would encourage you to try a few painting days out at home too. I hope you will see what a beautiful mess you and your child can create together.