What do you do with all that left-over paint?

Often times when I am preparing for an activity, I pour what I think will be a fair amount of paint into a bowl or dish for the children to use. I try not to over-do it so the paint will not go to waste but inevitably, I end up with left-over paint that I just hate to toss away…

So I got to thinking that I could use these little plastics containers to save up some of this left-over paint….

I bought these at the grocery store – they only hold about 1/2 cup. I use them for a variety of activities like holding glue and cotton swabs so I decided to use them for the left-over paint too…

Even after the paint gets all mixed up, it can create some unusual colors that I might not ordinarily have or make myself. I think they will be fun to pull out for something down the road but no plan yet what I will do. But it is nice to know I have them ready to go and that I won’t just have to toss those odd colors of paint away…

By |2011-08-28T08:00:24+00:00August 28th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Alesia August 28, 2011 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I reuse peanut butter jars for my paint. The jars fit perfectly in my easel, and when I am finished with them I put the lid on them and put them away.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Great idea Alesia! Saves the extra step:)

  2. Maria Walker August 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Use leftover paint for “tall paintings”!

  3. Amy A August 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    We take our left over paint outside and let the children use it on anything they like in our outdoor play space :).

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      I hadn’t thought of that Amy – what a great idea. I wonder if my husband would mind a few purple trees:)

  4. Maria September 29, 2011 at 10:22 am - Reply

    What a great idea! I’m going to see if I can find those little cups at costco. I imagine I could do a lot of fun things with them. I mean, I imagine my son can do a lot of fun things with them. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      Best wishes on your hunt for colorful cups:)

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