Mess-Free Toddler Painting

You read that right.  A toddler, paint, no mess?  It’s possible, not only did we do it but we enjoyed it!  *applause.*

Mess Free Fun

Lately one of Elizabeth’s favorite things to do is to “color.”  She will grab a pen from the coffee table, if I’m budgeting or making a shopping list and mindlessly leave it within her reach, and typically whatever paper I’m using, and scribble the pen all over the paper.  It’s really cute and she doesn’t usually leave any marks because she puts so little pressure down, adorable!

In order to make this beautiful piece of artwork without having any clean up you will need the following “ingredients”:

  • Paint, we used acrylic
  • Paper, we used printer paper
  • Gallon size zip lock bag
  • Tape if your little one knows how to open baggies

All I did was insert the printer paper into the gallon size bag and squirt some paint randomly onto the paper; I’d recommend using more paint in each blob than I did (shown in the photo below) which should make it easier for the little fingers to manipulate it.  After that you simply seal the bag and pass it over to your ball of fire.  Of course if they’re going to behave like Elizabeth did you might want to tape the bag shut and possibly tape it down to whatever work surface they have.

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The first thing Elizabeth did was poke different blobs of paint which was absolutely adorable.  She didn’t realize she could cause them to streak until I showed her but after that she was a champ.  It really did keep her entertained and required zero clean up!

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Here is her final piece of artwork, I personally find it adorable, don’t you?

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Author: Katrina

My name is Katrina and I’m married to the love of my life, William, who is a first lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Together we have the most precious little girls, Elizabeth Lorraine and Alodia Claire. I'm so glad you're here!

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