Kids like working with our big tools. They also like making big projects. This painting experiment includes both: a new fun tool and a really big piece of paper!

Let your kids paint a really big picture, using a roller! A fun process art activity for toddlers and older.

What will happen if I give my son a VERY BIG sheet of paper? I have been pondering over this question for a while. He has a couple of sketchbooks, and when we paint, he quickly covers one page and asks for another. It would be a challenge for him to do the same with a big sheet. So we had to try.


Painting Big with Toddlers || Adventure in a Box
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– a sheet of paper 36×24″

– a couple of big brushes

– a roller

– a cleaning brush

– gouache and tempera paints

Big paintings require big tools! You might also want to prepare painting smocks or aprons. :-)

Painting Big

Budster was already dancing next to the table, and when all the preparations were finished, grabbed a familiar brush. The brush strokes looked rather lonely on this big sheet.

Painting Big with Toddlers

So he added more paint. And more paint. And some more.

Painting Big with Toddlers

Is it too much paint? It was then a good time to switch to a roller. It was a new tool for Budster, but he learnt to use it promptly after I showed him how. Then he did not want to let go of it. Rollers are fun to paint with! It might come handy when we need to renovate our house.

Painting Big with Toddlers

Painting Big with Toddlers

He loved painting big so much that he ended up making two paintings that evening, and another one the following day. After that we finally ran out of paper. as a lot of fun!


We are turning one of them into a background for a craft. Here it is, a week later: Magnetic Moon and Stars.

More art projects for children?

Make watercolour blow-art monsters.

How to paint space in watercolour with kids.

Thanks for reading!

Let your kids paint a really big picture, using a roller! A fun process art activity for toddlers and older.

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