Painting Outdoors: Exploring Paint Tools from Rainbow Creations

We were recently contacted by Susan from Rainbow Creations, an online children’s arts and crafts supply store based in the UK, to see if we’d like to review some painting products.  Since we LOVE to dabble in art, I told her we’d be thrilled to and asked her to make our package a surprise!

The package, shipped from the UK, only took 9 days to arrive.  Luke and Lilah, ages 4 and 2, had a blast ripping into it.  It was our first ever Royal Mail!  We added in a little geography by finding the United Kingdom on the map in Luke’s bedroom. 🙂 


There were lots of oohs and ahhs as L&L pulled out various paintbrushes, large paint stampers, stencils, finger stamps, finger rollers, twirly painting tools, foam sponge dabbers, and colorful paint bowls.  



L&L excitedly helped set up an outdoor painting area since the weather was beautiful.  What better way to spend the first day of summer than painting outdoors???

Our goal for today’s painting session was simply to begin experimenting with all the fun new painting tools.  In future art sessions, we will definitely focus on the uses for specific tools and match them up with relevant projects, but today was just about fun and exploration, which is so important for preschoolers!  Art is really all about the process!!

We started by painting on some jumbo coloring sheets.  



Luke’s ended up reminding me of A Horse of a Different Color from the Wizard of Oz.  So colorful!


Then we moved to plain paper.  L&L each picked a stencil to paint and experimented to their heart’s content with the various paint accessories.  






After all this, the kids were beginning to wind down, so I suggested we do one last project.  Inspired by the fact that Lilah ran off between each scene change to pick flowers from the yard, we decided to paint flowers.  The kids did most of the painting–I helped Lilah just a little–but I did give them suggestions of things to try.  I was honestly wanting to jump in and have a go myself with all the new painting gadgets because L&L were having so much fun!!






In the end, Luke said these patterned finger rollers were his favorite new tool, though he spent a lot of time making neat designs with the funky brushes, too.


Lilah said her favorite was the chubby paint brush.  I think my favorite was the foam sponge dabber, especially when it was dipped in multiple colors at once.


We painted for well over an hour and had a blast!  It was our first time ever painting outside, but I think it will definitely be one of this summer’s favorite repeat activities because we all loved it.  It was great to have such a variety of painting tools to choose from; they really kept L&L’s attention for a long time, and the children tried lots of new and different painting techniques!  

When I asked the kids if they had fun, Lilah’s reply was two thumbs up!

I want to say a big thank you to Rainbow Creations for sponsoring our fun this morning!!!  Everything we used seemed of great quality and it all washed up easily for use next time.  

If you’re interested in any of the fun paint tools we used, be sure to stop by their store to check them out!  You can also stop by to say “Hi!” on the Rainbow Creations Facebook page.  Tell them we sent you!!  And stay tuned for future art projects featuring painting tools from Rainbow Creations. 🙂

Disclosure: The painting tools reviewed in this post were given to us for free by Rainbow Creations.  I only accept and review products on my blog that interest me, my family, and that I think would truly interest and benefit you, my readers.  All posts on this blog reflect my personal opinions and are not swayed by compensation and/or free products.  

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Daniela says:

    Wow! I’m loving all the awesome tools! Definitely going to suggested it to our nannies @aznannies

  • Brilliant – it’s a new company to me but one that I’m going to be buying from in the future…. off now to share this with my facebook and twitter followers many of who are in the UK 😀

  • They look great fun and I love the paintings.

  • Looks like a wonderfully arty session!!!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

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