Play With Paint (lil' smARTies)

play with paint

When it comes to painting, there are so many possibilities! Mix colors, swish your brush around, and see what sorts of marks you can make with just your hand and a bit of paint in this adorable board book!

Creative play meets self-expression in this board book perfect for budding-artist babies!---from the publisher

20 pages 978-0593094433 Ages 3-5

Keywords: board book, painting, activities, color, fun, creativity, creative process, 3 year old, 4 year old, 5 year old

Also in this series: Play With Clay


“I drew a line for you

What a thing to do

And it was all yellow”

-- Coldplay (2000)

I can take or leave the majority of board books published. Too many are “generic” and/or terminally cute. My favorites tend to be lyrical (I TOOK THE MOON FOR A WALK), funny (OH NO, GEORGE!), and/or predictable patterned (BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE?). They are frequently books that have already succeeded as jacketed picture books and are subsequently published in the board book format.

Nevertheless, I dig through the upcoming board books and, every once in a while, I discover a gem like PLAY WITH PAINT! which is neither lyrical, funny, or predictable.

Instead, PLAY WITH PAINT! is an exciting activity book designed to guide preschool children through an exploration of painting. It includes investigation of colors, textures, and painting tools. There’s even a clean-it-up section as the book concludes.

Parents and caregivers can prepare easels or surfaces on which to paint; assemble the materials shown in the book; and prepare the young artists for their hands-on activity time by reading it aloud.


Dip your hand in the cold, wet paint.

Feel it glide across the paper.

Hands can make all sorts of marks.


The illustrations (including text) are composed of paint in bright primary and secondary shades, with white backgrounds.

“More paper please.”

This is a super-fun, first-rate, professional-level, early childhood activity book. It will be a great find for any parent with preschoolers stuck at home.

Recommended by:  Richie Partington, MLIS, California USA

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