Even though most kid paints clean up with a little warm water, it doesn’t hurt to provide a little extra protection…especially if your table has small grooves or texture.
There’s different types of scrap materials you can use when protecting tables from paint. I like using magazine paper. It’s less dirty than newspaper. It seems to hold up just a little better when wet. But one of the biggest things I’ve noticed, if the print is really boring, it seems invisible to kids…meaning they’re brush will stay on the white paper and not wonder.
Any magazine will do, but the big thick ones (like Ikea or B&H photography) are better. They’re easy to rip the pages out of and there’s a ton of paper!
Making a 3 sheets by 2 sheets mat works best. There’s enough room for the paint, a cup of water, and an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. All of it can be held together with a few strips of tape.