I have a perfect activity for kids this summer. Whether it’s for a birthday party, a play date, or even for your (self-proclaimed) bored kids, bet you’ll all appreciate this economical fun!
(Psst, take a peek at these cereal box craft ideas for even more inspiration!)
Make a paint station out of an empty cereal box. Extra points if it’s a fun-colored box, like this Fruity Pebbles cereal box!
The kids can even help with part of the set-up, although I recommend an adult cuts the cereal box.
Whether the adult helps the child eat the contents of said cereal box is up to your discretion!
Use one cereal box for each paint station. A couple kids can share with the box between them but experience says there will be less complaining if everyone can have their own!
If this is being used for a party activity, you can empty the water and put the paint lids back on when the artists have completed their masterpieces before sending them home as additional favors with the guests.
This is what you need for each station:
- Paint brushes
- 2 disposable cups to use for brushes and clean water
- An assortment of paint colors
- Empty cereal box
- Simply trace the bottoms of the cups and paint containers on the cereal box top.
- Slip the tip of your utility knife inside the first circle and cut away.
- Fill one cup with water; put a couple paint brushes in the other.
- Nestle the cups and paint pots into position.
The cereal box holds the paint and water cups upright and there’s not nearly so much spilling.
We used a sharp utility knife to make quick work of the cutting but I’m sure an X-Acto knife or a box cutter would do the same thing. Scissors will work but it’s a little more of a challenge.
You and the kids could also make a sort of prequel to this project: DIY paint. There are a number of recipes for all sorts of paints from shiny egg tempera versions to puffy paints to chalk paint and watercolors. Fun stuff!