Wall art in preschool inspired by ‘Ain’t gonna paint no more’

Yesterday, I shared with you how the book Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont inspired us to paint designs on our arms.  Today, I’d like to share with you how that same book inspired our class to paint a beautiful mural…

Wall art by Teach Preschool

Ain’t Gonna Paint No More is an awesome book about a little boy’s love of painting.  He paints on the ceilings, the walls, and even on his body!  The pictures in this book are just magnificent…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

The illustrator uses bright, vivid colors that inspired our class to explore the painting process by painting a mural on our own classroom wall…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

Though our children paint on a regular basis in preschool, it is rare that they ever get to explore the process by painting something as grandiose as a mural.  Butcher paper covered a large section of the wall.  On the table, the children found many different types of brushes, rollers, scrapers, and sponges.  There were also tubes of paint so that they could choose their own colors.  After reading our story, the children quickly set about creating their collective masterpiece…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

Each child seemed to bring their own approach into creating the mural.  Some children tried all of the different tools…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

While others were interested in mixing the paint…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

Other children were not at all concerned about color mixing or tools, but rather focused their attention on covering as much of the mural as they could…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

It isn’t often that we get to paint with such large motor movements in the middle of winter.  We usually save that type of painting for our outdoor classroom, where drips and spills can be sprayed away with a garden hose.  Was this a messy experience?  Yes, it required quite a lot of clean up.  But other than perhaps adding a tarp to the floor, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.  Children aren’t often given the opportunity to paint like this at home.  So, when it was offered at preschool, they took full advantage…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

The children stood on chairs and stools to reach the high places that their small arms couldn’t quite reach on their own.  And when that wasn’t quite enough, we tried a different approach…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

When the children’s masterpiece was finished, we couldn’t take our eyes off of it.  It was absolutely stunning!  It brought such beauty into our classroom that continues to keep us inspired…

Ain't Gonna Paint No More Mural by Teach Preschool

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 Links to grow on:

Kicking off summer at preschool with a friendship mural by Teach Preschool

Make a fantastic dinosaur mural by Not Just Cute

Rainbow mud murals by Teach Preschool

By |2013-03-10T06:00:28+00:00March 10th, 2013|

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 10, 2013 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Fantastic! I can just imagine the freedom they felt by painting on the wall (on paper) and that large. Looks wonderful.

  2. Nancy Brunner March 10, 2013 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Deborah….do you just sit in the library and read books on your free time? You have been blessed with such creativity! Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 11, 2013 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Hi Nancy,
      I just love children’s books and whenever I have a chance, I sit at our local children’s bookstore and read through them or look for other recommendations from trusted sources then order them. Children’s books just have a way of keeping me inspired!

      • Nancy Brunner March 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm

        I think you should write one 🙂

      • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm

        One of my dreams to do someday:)

  3. Carly March 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Such a fun activity! I also love your table and chairs. Can you tell me where you got them? We are looking for new furniture for our church Sunday School room. Thanks so much! I really enjoy reading your blog. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 13, 2013 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      Hi Carly,
      The tables are from Target and the chairs are from Big Lots and Walgreens but I don’t think you can get them from Walgreens anymore.

  4. Sara March 12, 2013 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    OH my!! This looks like sooo much fun! I am going to have to make sure I plan to do this during the spring—and maybe outside!


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