[Note: When I first posted this hack, I mistakenly thought Andi was talking about actual paint samples, but several readers pointed out she was referring to paint chips, the colorful cards that display different paint colors. Sorry about the mixup. — Ed.]
Andi’s a braver mom than I…my kids didn’t go anywhere near non-washable paint till they were in preschool.
My daughter (she’s two and a half) loves to color and cut anything she can get her hands on. Some of our favorite free art supplies are paint color chips. Whenever we go to Home Depot we grab a handful of them. We have used them for various cut and paste projects, like mosaics and collages. She also likes to make small postcards out of them to give to family members. I imagine there are a lot of things you could do with these small swatches of color.
By the way, I included a picture of these no-spill paint pots because my very organized mother in-law swears by them (my kids do their painting at HER house.)