Parenthood

Mess free painting with toddlers.

I first made these ‘mess free paintings’ when Rosie was about 9 months old. It was a rainy afternoon and I was looking for something that would keep Rosie occupied, could be used as a gift for Father’s Day and used things that we had in the house so that I didn’t have to brave the supermarket. The great thing about them is they are completely customisable and dont take much time (or effort) at all – they would make a fab homemade Christmas present!

You will need:

  • Paper or Card
  • Paints
  • Glitter, Glitter Glue, Sequins etc
  • Scissors
  • Large Ziploc/Click and Seal bag
  • Photo frame
  • Sellotape
  1. To begin, trim your paper so that it fits inside the sealable bag. I used a thick card so that it had a bit more rigidity and didn’t crease too much when painted on. 
  2. Add dollops of paint in to the bag, on top of the paper. This doesn’t need to be in any particular order, although you need a good amount of each paint so that it can be moved around easily.
  3. Add glitter glue, sequins or glitter. This is a great way to use up some glitter as it stays inside the bag and doesn’t go everywhere.
  4. Seal the bag. You may want to sellotape over the seal for added protection before sticking the bag to a hard surface. This is a great extra step if you have a very inquisitive toddler! I had Rosie in her high chair and taped it to the tray which worked really well. You could tape it to a table or baking tray for an older child.
  5. Let the child have loads of sensory fun, squashing the paint under their fingers and moving it around the page. Sit down with a cuppa and enjoy a few minutes of peace.
  6. When they have had enough, remove the paper from the bag and leave to dry. I found the easiest way to get it out, was to cut along 3 sides of the bag and then lift out the paper. When the painting is fully dry, trim to size and place in a photo frame ready for gifting. I found a silver frame for less than £2 at Asda but they have great ones at Ikea, TKMaxx and Hobbycraft as well. We made them for a couple of family members and they were very well received – it’s an especially good one for grandparents!

Do you have any toddler friendly craft ideas? Bonus points if they involve very little mess! Let me know if you give this a go.

First-Time Mama to Rosie - MUA / Retail Manager - Fuelled by Coffee and Concealer - Dairy Free - Weaning Toddler - Extended Breastfeeding.

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