Toothbrushes used in the traditional way? Boring! Mix it up a little and grab that old electric toothbrush, dip it in paint, turn it on and watch the art happen.
Handprint art is a great way to encourage kids to get creative if they are not that confident with painting and drawing - it's the mess that will draw them in! Try this peacock and sunflower handprint art for starters.
Wouldn't it be fun if you could play with fairy floss and squish it and squeeze it between your fingers? You couldn't eat it, but you could build pretend food – pavlovas and cupcakes and lollies. Or you could use a toy digger to pile it all up into a sand dune ...
Ever noticed the wheel patterns on car tyres or the patterns they can make? Check out the stash of cars and trucks that roll about your home and imagine the mess they could make if they were leaving tracks about the place - then do it!
Kids love mixing coloured paints but when you can mix coloured water and throw a little bit of sneaky education in that the kids don't know about, there's not a lot that can beat it. Make secondary colours from primary colours on the tic tac toe board for some cool colour fun!
This simple kitchen science experiment is a fun learning activity. Combining vinegar and bicarb makes all sorts of oozing bubbling reactions. Add some colours and you've got one cool science experiment! Watch the video tutorial to show you how to create it.
Painting faces could easily be one of the highest ranking activities at a birthday party. Thinking about it, take the kids anywhere with a face painter and you a going to be nagged until you give in! Why not solve the problem and make your own? You will be the most popular parent in town!