Painting in a jar

For those who follow my blog, you might know that I like to do fun activities with my son but at the same time I hate mess! 

So when I saw on this blog about painting in a jar, this was the painting way for me. 

So we’ve painted using brushes and we’ve painted in a bag but this is great, so you have to try. 

All you need is a jar, some paper, some lentils or beans and some paint and off you go. 

Put some paper round the side of the jar and squirt some paint on the bottom of the jar. Two or three blobs of different colours will be enough. 

Then cover the paint with some lentils or dry beans (just enough to cover the bottom). 

Then put the lid on the jar and shake away. You can roll and even throw (if it’s a plastic jar and the lid stays on). 

The result is amazing!   

We are going to use our creation to make Christmas cards. 

Now the reason for writing this blog, is I learnt a few lessons….

1. Use a jar where the lid screws on and stays on. Ours didn’t stay on, so when it got thrown, I had painted beans all over my carpet and J. 

2. Don’t use acrylic paint. This is the only paint I have in, so thought I would give it a go. But it’s too thick so the split peas all stuck together to make one big clump. I’m going out this afternoon to buy poster paint! 

3. Try using a mix of beans and lentils etc. Different sizes and shapes will create different effects. 

I will try again and let you know how it goes. 


Trying with poster paint. 

I bought the crayola washable kids paint and it works so much better. I think it’s because it’s a little thinner than acrylic. 

Also it really does what it says on the tin. I managed to get paint on the wall and it washed off amazingly! Well done crayola. 

Looking forward to using our creations. 



J is finally coming out of his handryers obsession. But as with the Hoover obsession and now handryers, we move swiftly onto something else. And we get completely submerged in it. This is one of the things I love about J is how he wants to completely (within the realms of a 2 year old) understand something and then once he knows all he can, he finds something new. 

Well now it’s robots (and slightly x-Ray’s – but they are similar I think). Everything becomes a robot and he’s watched Wall-e a million times. 

Now making a fully functioning robot is beyond me. I just don’t have the skills. We’ve done a bit of junk modelling to make robots and that was such great fun (for both of us). 

But last night I made a felt version of Wall-e and Eve (yes it’s Eve not Eva) which he can build and demolish to his hearts content. 

The good thing about these characters are they are very basic shapes to handle. J had great fun. Here’s his version….

I was so impressed at how he was able to put it together. I promise this was all him. 

It’s now sparked many more ideas and gifts for friends. I’m just trying to think of a way to package it so I can take it out and about.