Painting designs on our arms

After reading the book Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont, we were tempted to paint our whole bodies.  We settled for painting designs on our arms instead…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

Ain’t Gonna Paint No More is a wonderful picture book about a little boy who gets in trouble for painting on the walls of his house.  His mother takes away all of his paint.  He declares that he “Ain’t gonna paint no more!”  But he simply can’t resist.  Rather than painting the walls this time, he decides to paint on his body.  This fun sing-song story has vivid, colorful illustrations.  It is no stretch of the imagination to say that this book brought about an artistic frenzy in our classroom.  It all began with painting on our arms…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

The illustrations in this book are simply stunning!  We read, or rather sang, our way through the book one time.  Then we went back through the book to explore the pictures and to discover the story.  We really took our time looking at the designs the little boy painted on his arms and legs.  We noted the different types of lines.  There were straight lines, curvy lines, and zigzag lines.  There were also dots and circles…

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To begin our art activity, the children were given the opportunity to trace around their hands and up their arms…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

Once the children’s arms were traced onto their paper, they began painting their designs.  The children used small brushes, cotton swabs, and BioColor paint to create vivid designs similar to those in the book.  BioColor paint is available from Discount School Supply…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

Each child took their time, creating lines and dots.  The paintings were as unique as each child…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

This child had the wonderful idea to turn his paint brush upside down to scratch a design into the paint, creating texture and movement…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

A few of the children were so fascinated with the process that they asked if they could paint on their actual arms.  Knowing that it would wash right off, how could we say no…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

One little boy let his brother help paint his arms.  He was so proud of his painted arms that he just couldn’t wait to  show his mommy…

Painting designs on our arms by Teach Preschool

I can’t wait to share  with you another wonderful art experience that was also inspired by this book…

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Links to grow on:

Ain’t gonna paint no more book activity by Crayon Freckles

I ain’t gonna paint no more by Messy Kids

Drip drop painting at the easel by Teach Preschool

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About the Author:

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. Maureen March 9, 2013 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Love that book and loved the parent’s expressions when I read it, so funny.

  2. Sharon March 9, 2013 at 11:42 am - Reply

    I also love this book. We outlined the kids arms with black permanent marker and the kids then used the markers to make designs on their arms like the book. Finally, they used liquid watercolors so the designs would show through. We cut them out and used them for a bulletin board about reaching for the future for the end of the year. It turned out really cute.

  3. Marcia March 9, 2013 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    I featured this awesome project on my blog! Thanks for sharing!

  4. andiejaye March 23, 2013 at 12:40 am - Reply

    i love the idea of painting in the outline of their arms! so fun to let them paint all over their own arms, too. thanks so much for sharing our activity for the book also.

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