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March 22, 2013

Paint by Number in the Shower

Math Activity in the Shower

Paint by number in the shower - hands on math activity where the mess doesn't matter since it will wash right off.

I cannot tell you how much my boys, J-Bug (3) and JZ (5) are loving the shower activities I've been planning for them.  They love water play, and they love hands on learning.  What a wonderful way to combine the two!  This time I wanted to focus on simple math concepts.  I set up an invitation to paint by number in the shower with a spring theme.  It took me no more than 15 minutes to paint black outlines of flowers, grass, the sun, a butterfly and a ladybug.  I numbered the inside of each outline.

Paint by number in the shower - making learning fun

How to Paint by Number in the Shower

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Next to the spring mural I painted the numbers 1 through 7 in the color that corresponded with each drawing.

Paint by number in the shower - hands on math for kids

Then I invited the boys to paint by number.

The black paint mixed with the colors a bit.  Maybe if I had allowed the black to dry before bringing the boys in to start it would have mixed less.  Either way it didn't seem to bother them.

JZ worked slowly and carefully to keep the paint inside the black lines.

Painting or coloring by number is such a simple way to reinforce numbers and colors.

The extra challenge was finding all of each number.  They had to really focus and be observant.

I may have made a few of the paintings too high.  JZ had to really stretch to reach them.

Of course the paint wars started before too long.

What I love about learning activities in the shower is that the boys can get as messy and paint covered as they like since soap and water are within easy reach.  Please note that most of the paint came off immediately, but it usually takes 2-3 showers for all of the color to fade.

The results were quite lovely, and they got me even more excited for spring!

Paint by number in the shower

When they were done painting they had every bit as much fun spraying the walls (and each other) down with the shower head as they did painting.

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More hands on math activities for kids:

    Water balloon equations - a gross motor math game


  1. This is AWESOME! Can't wait to try it!!!

  2. What a fantastic idea. I want to try this too.

  3. This is such a fun idea! I am definitely trying it with my older two who love color by number activities.

  4. This is amazing! You know, I think I would actually have fun painting by the numbers, too! :)

  5. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Tots! I am featuring your post this week on In Lieu of Preschool: http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/preschool-math-activities/ Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Off to pin! Thanks again! ~Genny

  6. the children are having much fun..they really do have done a great job..thanks a lot for sharing..

  7. This is wonderful!

    We have a special focus this week on maths and number posts at the Empty Your Archive link party, and I would absolutely love for you to link this up, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

  8. Chalk also works in the tub. Easy clean up

  9. This idea is just perfect for my Sensory Seeker.
    I am featuring you on the Weekly Kids Co-op


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