Painting Without Paint
The first thing I learned about children's art experiences is that the process is more important than the product. As a parent, though, I love the product as it is a glimpse into the mind of my children. The reality is there are more creations made at school and home than I have room to store. But still, my children love to paint and they could empty my printer of paper in one sitting. So, the answer in my house and on the playground when its just not the best time to pull out the paints – paint with water.
Give your child any size/type of brush or the extra sponge under your sink (cut into long strips) along with a plastic cup of water and your sidewalk will become an instant canvas. Extend the experience into a scientific discussion on evaporation. The processes of large arm movement, creative thinking, and “observing with scientist's eyes” will far out live the product.