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Old 06-27-2016, 10:06 AM
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And today it did! DCB and DCG siblings came in wearing new clothes that grandma bought them when they spent the week at her house last week. Fine whatever, but the rule is clothes that are okay to get dirty, because I am not changing the plan due to new clothes. And it was painting day. DCB proceeded to get paint all over his shirt and DCG freaked out "but that is a new shirt, he can't get paint on it.". She is 7 and going into second grade this year and so I turned to her and asked "what kind of clothes are we supposed to wear to daycare". So I get the deer in the headlights look and my other 7 yr old DCG says "only old play clothes at daycare". So I reminded her that yes, play clothes at daycare only.

I have rinsed it out the best I can and it is on the line. I am sure it will stain. It is tempra paint. I couldn't wash it today if I wanted to because yesterday the washer quit. I am waiting for one of the two repairmen I have calls into to call me back. About to give up and call sears on this though, been waiting since 8 AM. I hope I don't have mad parents, but not sure what else I could have done but not let him paint.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:13 AM
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They brought him in brand new play clothes.
That's how you have to look at it.
They must be play clothes. They brought him to daycare. And daycare is where we play.
Stop stressing. And remind sister that play clothes don't have to be old and if you come to daycare wearing them it must be okay w mom and dad to PLAY in them.

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And today it did! DCB and DCG siblings came in wearing new clothes that grandma bought them when they spent the week at her house last week. Fine whatever, but the rule is clothes that are okay to get dirty, because I am not changing the plan due to new clothes. And it was painting day. DCB proceeded to get paint all over his shirt and DCG freaked out "but that is a new shirt, he can't get paint on it.". She is 7 and going into second grade this year and so I turned to her and asked "what kind of clothes are we supposed to wear to daycare". So I get the deer in the headlights look and my other 7 yr old DCG says "only old play clothes at daycare". So I reminded her that yes, play clothes at daycare only.

I have rinsed it out the best I can and it is on the line. I am sure it will stain. It is tempra paint. I couldn't wash it today if I wanted to because yesterday the washer quit. I am waiting for one of the two repairmen I have calls into to call me back. About to give up and call sears on this though, been waiting since 8 AM. I hope I don't have mad parents, but not sure what else I could have done but not let him paint.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:15 AM
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They brought him in brand new play clothes.
That's how you have to look at it.
They must be play clothes. They brought him to daycare. And daycare is where we play.
Stop stressing. And remind sister that play clothes don't have to be old and if you come to daycare wearing them it must be okay w mom and dad to PLAY in them.
I guess I never thought of it that way! I just remember my mom would have killed me! By 5 or 6, she expected me to know full well what clothing I should be wearing lol. I guess times have changed a lot.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:23 AM
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I guess I never thought of it that way! I just remember my mom would have killed me! By 5 or 6, she expected me to know full well what clothing I should be wearing lol. I guess times have changed a lot.
And if not it's a lesson they just learned. Your job is not to be a clothing monitor. It's to provide a learning enriched environment for them to explore and discover.
Discovery is sometimes messy.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:23 AM
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I understand the whole play clothes thing but when we do painting and crafts that would get messy, I put an old shirt on over their clothes (old shirt of mine, theirs, my daughters, whatever) like an art smock. Whether they're wearing play clothes or not (at least in my opinion) it doesn't mean they should be able to trash whatever they're wearing. I only think this way because when my daughter went to daycare when she was younger, her clothes would be so dirty sometimes after picking her up it would drive me crazy...play clothes or not, they're still wearing them and someone spent money on them at one time or another. You could also ask each parent to send in an art smock for each child if you don't have extra clothes laying around (unlike myself who still has clothes from 10 years ago laying around because i WILL fit back in them someday! Haha)
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:28 AM
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I understand the whole play clothes thing but when we do painting and crafts that would get messy, I put an old shirt on over their clothes (old shirt of mine, theirs, my daughters, whatever) like an art smock. Whether they're wearing play clothes or not (at least in my opinion) it doesn't mean they should be able to trash whatever they're wearing. I only think this way because when my daughter went to daycare when she was younger, her clothes would be so dirty sometimes after picking her up it would drive me crazy...play clothes or not, they're still wearing them and someone spent money on them at one time or another. You could also ask each parent to send in an art smock for each child if you don't have extra clothes laying around (unlike myself who still has clothes from 10 years ago laying around because i WILL fit back in them someday! Haha)
The thing is, I just don't have space to keep everything a child MAY need. Things that are not used on a regular basis, just don't have room for a home here. I could ask parents to provide smocks, but they wouldn't, especially these parents who won't bring sunscreen saying "they won't get burned". Guess who has come back to daycare after the weekend burned several times?
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:16 AM
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I understand the whole play clothes thing but when we do painting and crafts that would get messy, I put an old shirt on over their clothes (old shirt of mine, theirs, my daughters, whatever) like an art smock. Whether they're wearing play clothes or not (at least in my opinion) it doesn't mean they should be able to trash whatever they're wearing. I only think this way because when my daughter went to daycare when she was younger, her clothes would be so dirty sometimes after picking her up it would drive me crazy...play clothes or not, they're still wearing them and someone spent money on them at one time or another. You could also ask each parent to send in an art smock for each child if you don't have extra clothes laying around (unlike myself who still has clothes from 10 years ago laying around because i WILL fit back in them someday! Haha)
Same here. We have aprons/smocks for the kids to wear.

If I didn't have room to store them, I'd ask parents to supply them. If they didn't; I'd either take that as the clothes the child arrived in are okay to get dirty or I'd not allow the child to paint.

If the child is upset, I'd encourage them to express that to their parent.

I'd personally go the "parent must not mind if these clothes get dirty" route before excluding a child.
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:25 AM
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Same here. We have aprons/smocks for the kids to wear.

If I didn't have room to store them, I'd ask parents to supply them. If they didn't; I'd either take that as the clothes the child arrived in are okay to get dirty or I'd not allow the child to paint.

If the child is upset, I'd encourage them to express that to their parent.

I'd personally go the "parent must not mind if these clothes get dirty" route before excluding a child.


I don't keep children pristine. We DO play and get MESSY. Mud tends to be the biggest mess maker and we don't even have a mud kitchen. However, if they're painting with something other than the watercolors then they wear a smock. Or, if they're eating something very messy and are wearing a light shirt then I also put a smock on them. If it's something I can prevent then I will, however I don't hinder anybody's fun. My crayola smocks take up MINIMAL space. Part of a plastic drawer set from walmart (not the big kind, the skinny kind that sits on a desk) and I had 8 of them and my kids rotate who paints.
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:26 AM
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They brought him in brand new play clothes.
That's how you have to look at it.
They must be play clothes. They brought him to daycare. And daycare is where we play.
Stop stressing. And remind sister that play clothes don't have to be old and if you come to daycare wearing them it must be okay w mom and dad to PLAY in them.
I agree....I don't worry about mess....I have a couple little girls who are always frilled up but we still go through with our daily plans.....
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:50 AM
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Yep all clothes kids arrive in I assume to be play clothes

My DDs (2 and 6) are often in sun dresses and what not, but its because they like them. If they get dirty - I wash them. I put aprons on kiddos but kids are pretty awesome at only spilling paint where their clothes peek around the apron My dcps know we get messy. I don't stress.
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:52 AM
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My crayola smocks take up MINIMAL space. Part of a plastic drawer set from walmart (not the big kind, the skinny kind that sits on a desk) and I had 8 of them and my kids rotate who paints.
Good point! The smocks are small enough that they really don't take up much space at all.
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Old 06-27-2016, 12:12 PM
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Good point! The smocks are small enough that they really don't take up much space at all.
I have looked at those small ones, but am not sure if they will even cover a SA kiddo? Wouldn't have made a difference with this kiddo, when we were done, I found paint even in his hair.
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My son's daycare mixes their paint with soap (I think that's what she said) to make it so it doesn't stain kids clothes. They do wear smocks (old shirts) when they paint, provided by the daycare.

Once they had a new teacher in his room and he came home covered in paint that had not been treated with soap. I had no problem getting it out, if it makes you feel better! Someone did talk to me at pick up to tell me that it might be harder to remove the paint than normal.

I wouldn't feel bad. Do you think the kid has never ruined clothes when he's at home with his parents?
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Old 06-27-2016, 12:27 PM
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I have looked at those small ones, but am not sure if they will even cover a SA kiddo? Wouldn't have made a difference with this kiddo, when we were done, I found paint even in his hair.
A couple old adult sized T-shirts rolled up maybe....

They would work fine and take up very little space
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Old 06-27-2016, 12:31 PM
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They brought him in brand new play clothes.
That's how you have to look at it.
They must be play clothes. They brought him to daycare. And daycare is where we play.
Stop stressing. And remind sister that play clothes don't have to be old and if you come to daycare wearing them it must be okay w mom and dad to PLAY in them.
I agree! Most kids go home dirty be it food, projects, playing outside. Kids get dirty and I wouldn't feel bad about it. It happens.
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Old 06-27-2016, 12:35 PM
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I have heard of mixing soap with the paint. I hadn't thought to do it, we just don't paint that often. It is something I have been trying to work more of in, since I am hearing more and more that kids don't get to do that stuff at school anymore. I am going to have to remember to do it next time. I do think it may have been a little more messy today because we were using household items to paint instead of brushes.
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Old 06-27-2016, 02:24 PM
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The dollar tree has child sized aprons for $1 a piece. They provide enough coverage that I don't worry as much about messy clothes, and if the clothes still get messy I feel better being able to tell parents that I made an effort to cover them.
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Old 06-27-2016, 02:29 PM
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I don't keep children pristine. We DO play and get MESSY. Mud tends to be the biggest mess maker and we don't even have a mud kitchen. However, if they're painting with something other than the watercolors then they wear a smock. Or, if they're eating something very messy and are wearing a light shirt then I also put a smock on them. If it's something I can prevent then I will, however I don't hinder anybody's fun. My crayola smocks take up MINIMAL space. Part of a plastic drawer set from walmart (not the big kind, the skinny kind that sits on a desk) and I had 8 of them and my kids rotate who paints.
Same thing, same solution. Mine take up a TINY amount of space and they cover my SA like aprons well enough.
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I agree....your policy is play clothes! So they should know not to bring them in "good" clothing!

That said, all my paint is washable along with my markers. I know that paint comes out because I've gotten it on my own clothes!

I have some paint from Discount School Supply and some from Wal-Mart-all washable. I don't think they were any more expensive. I have about five plastic smocks too. I rarely use them but they are available.

My kids play and get messy but I am careful about clothing. That's just me though....we are all different!
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I have looked at those small ones, but am not sure if they will even cover a SA kiddo? Wouldn't have made a difference with this kiddo, when we were done, I found paint even in his hair.
Some kids!

I'm not sure if they'd cover a school ager. I have the ones with sleeves so that when it's winter time it still covers their clothing. I'm sure the ones without sleeves would.
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Old 06-27-2016, 03:47 PM
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I once had a dcm that brough her 6year old girl, 5 year old boy, and her 3 month baby girl in wedding clothes and told the kids at drop off "don't forgot to tell Miss Denali that we're going to a wedding after daycare, and you can't get dirty." And gave me a big smile at the 'wtf' face i was making and left. My first thought was "ok, there must be change of clothes in the bag...because we just had a talk about that 2 days ago..." Nope, nothing. Not even a change for the baby that had at least 1 blow out everyday....

They were dropped off at 7:10am (I don't open until 7:30 but was trying to work with her work schedule because she was separated from her abusive boyfriend) and they were going to be in my care until 4:00pm. I had told mom the day before that we were painting and doing crafts today... I was so mad. Stressed all day about them getting dirty. I had canceled our painting and everything. I was so mad.

Mom picked up at 4 and I had somehow kept the kids clean. Told her that tomorrow at drop off they all need a change of clothes or I'd turn away at the door. Everything was good for that week, than the boy started to get destructive and violent with the other kids. Not bringing extra clothes. Told her I'd have to send dcb home every time if he couldn't keep his hands and feet off the littles. I needed spare clothes or I was going to have to start checking the bag before she could leave.

She then staeted up with having to drop off at 6am and that I couldn't tell her no because the state (she was on assistance) told her she could have child care between 6-6 and they were paying me for those times so she told use those time, and on, and on. She came at 6am one morning after being no call no show for 3 days after I told her that my hours were 7:30 to 5:30. I didn't answer the door. 😁

It all ended with a term.

Anyway, sorry didn't mean to ramble. Point is I've had parents that would have gone cray cray over messing clothes. None of them were worth keeping around anyway. Good parents would know that kids get dirty.
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We also use washable paint and wear art aprons (I can fit 24 in two drawers of one of those plastic drawer storage things), but I do still shake my head every time a child comes in wearing new clothing. x2 if it's white.
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I have looked at those small ones, but am not sure if they will even cover a SA kiddo? Wouldn't have made a difference with this kiddo, when we were done, I found paint even in his hair.
IKEA has great smocks that are like 3 bucks each I just have them in a bin, they don't take up much space at all.

But really, I wouldn't worry about the clothes. Kids get dirty. If they sent them in new clothes they had to know they'd probably get dirty. If they didn't, well - shoulda read your handbook.
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One time...when I was much younger and oh so smart I thought it would be an AWESOME idea to purchase every single poison t shirt for sale at the concert I went to. Yes, every one. Did I mention how smart I was in my younger years anyways those are now paint smocks. They just hang in the closet.

But bottom line, I tell parents messy clothes are signs of a fun day. We'll take precautions when we can but don't send them in anything that can't get dirty. Or my newest one if you allow them to choose their clothes and they pick pants and long sleeves in 80 degree weather...guess what they're going home in?! Send them in weather appropriate, play clothes. Don't want to? So be it, but I'm not worrying over it anymore
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I understand the whole play clothes thing but when we do painting and crafts that would get messy, I put an old shirt on over their clothes (old shirt of mine, theirs, my daughters, whatever) like an art smock. Whether they're wearing play clothes or not (at least in my opinion) it doesn't mean they should be able to trash whatever they're wearing. I only think this way because when my daughter went to daycare when she was younger, her clothes would be so dirty sometimes after picking her up it would drive me crazy...play clothes or not, they're still wearing them and someone spent money on them at one time or another. You could also ask each parent to send in an art smock for each child if you don't have extra clothes laying around (unlike myself who still has clothes from 10 years ago laying around because i WILL fit back in them someday! Haha)
I have the dcks use old t'shirts BUT even with that, I'm always asking them 'how on earth did you get paint THERE?' I also have told all the dcps many times hang onto those clothes with stains and holes because THIS is where they should be wearing them.
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A couple old adult sized T-shirts rolled up maybe....

They would work fine and take up very little space
Exactly! .25 at some yard sales. And if the neck is too wide open for decent coverage I just clip on the back with a clothespin. Add a hook in your playroom or anyplace out of sight and there ya go.
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I got sick of the constant battle over dirty clothes and kids not being dressed appropriately for daycare so I went out and bought a bunch of used clothes for the bigs and onsies for the under 3 crowd. I have their cubbies, a changing table and my clothes in my breezeway. When they get here they get changed into my clothes and their clothes go into their cubby. When they get picked up they get changed back into their clothes and mine get thrown into the hamper I provide. No more issues....on that front anyway...
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I have some extra tshirts and bibs for messy crafts & mealtimes, but I tell parents not to bring DCKs in anything they aren't afraid to get ruined. If DCP brings child in something that "can't get dirty" they get changed into extra clothes and I need a new set of spares the next day.
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One time...when I was much younger and oh so smart I thought it would be an AWESOME idea to purchase every single poison t shirt for sale at the concert I went to. Yes, every one. Did I mention how smart I was in my younger years anyways those are now paint smocks. They just hang in the closet.

But bottom line, I tell parents messy clothes are signs of a fun day. We'll take precautions when we can but don't send them in anything that can't get dirty. Or my newest one if you allow them to choose their clothes and they pick pants and long sleeves in 80 degree weather...guess what they're going home in?! Send them in weather appropriate, play clothes. Don't want to? So be it, but I'm not worrying over it anymore
DH and I almost left our own wedding reception early to go to a Poison concert We instead closed the dancing for the night with Poison's cover of "What I Like About You".
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I found a pack of smocks at the thrift store for $2. Play clothes get messy, yes, especially since I have toddlers and I'm training them to use real cutlery and real cups--no bibs here; they're learning fast--but I wouldn't give them paint to play with without also providing smocks. Some small stains are inevitable at this age, but it's unreasonable for me to render their play clothes completely, permanently stained.
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That stinks. I make it my goal to send home messy kids, lol. For art, I have several t-shirts that my kids got from various free events. (YMCA halloween, etc.) And the little's put those on over their clothing when we paint.
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Old 06-29-2016, 04:33 AM
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I said play clothes in my original response because quite honestly, paint is rarely the mess I refer to when I explain why the children need play clothes.
We use paint smocks.
Every time.
I tell parents to send them in clothes they can get dirty in. Because daily playing, on floors, patios, slides, grass, brush piles, outdoor toys, each other, ...etc etc etc, is dirty.
I'm a clean person. My home is clean. My floors are clean. But they get dirt, food, markers, chalk, grass, leaves, rocks, unidentifiable gunk, everywhere.
Daily.
Their job is to explore.
My job is to make it fun to do so.
That makes for a messy day.
Paint is the least of our filth. Lol.
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I said play clothes in my original response because quite honestly, paint is rarely the mess I refer to when I explain why the children need play clothes.
We use paint smocks.
Every time.
I tell parents to send them in clothes they can get dirty in. Because daily playing, on floors, patios, slides, grass, brush piles, outdoor toys, each other, ...etc etc etc, is dirty.
I'm a clean person. My home is clean. My floors are clean. But they get dirt, food, markers, chalk, grass, leaves, rocks, unidentifiable gunk, everywhere.
Daily.
Their job is to explore.
My job is to make it fun to do so.
That makes for a messy day.
Paint is the least of our filth. Lol.


This. I have some paint smocks and old tshirts for the kids to use. Men's dress shirts work well, too. I explain to parents that we don't set out to get dirty but it happens.

I have learned to accept that some parents version of play clothes is a lot dressier than mine.
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I went to the thrift store last night and got some .25 cent T shirts. I know in Kansas I had issues with paint going through them. I guess I can say I tried though.
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One time...when I was much younger and oh so smart I thought it would be an AWESOME idea to purchase every single poison t shirt for sale at the concert I went to. Yes, every one. Did I mention how smart I was in my younger years anyways those are now paint smocks. They just hang in the closet.
Oh my goodness! That is awesome!!

My DD was just talking about vintage concert T's and how she wish she had one from a couple certain bands (Poison was one of them) So what do you have for inventory?
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I'm picturing a group of dck's painting while wearing Poison shirts. I love it!
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Oh my goodness! That is awesome!!

My DD was just talking about vintage concert T's and how she wish she had one from a couple certain bands (Poison was one of them) So what do you have for inventory?
Lol and expensive Pretty much if it's an 80s hairband I have a concert t of them haha. Poison was my favorite so they were the only one I bought EVERY shirt available but all others I would pick up one. I haven't worn them in forever
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I use paint smocks inside so paint from clothing doesn't get smeared on my walls and furniture. Outside they're on their own. But I only use washable paint and so far it's always washed out. (knock on wood)

My DD's Kdg teacher used men's button-down shirts worn backwards as paint smocks.
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I went to the thrift store last night and got some .25 cent T shirts. I know in Kansas I had issues with paint going through them. I guess I can say I tried though.
Just let them take their own shirts off and slip on the t-shirts. I used to do that so the sleeves wouldn't get paint on them.
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Just let them take their own shirts off and slip on the t-shirts. I used to do that so the sleeves wouldn't get paint on them.
I thought of that also. I think I will do that. Especially right now since they are all able to change themselves.
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