You’ll love this mess free art activity for kids, especially if you have little ones who love to paint.
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This activity is a super-simple way to let your child finger paint without dealing with the mess!
Take a plastic ziploc bag (freezer bags works best, since the plastic is stronger), and add paint or a similar colored substance.
We have used paint, shampoo, hair gel – you name it, and we have probably tried it. I think hair gel from the dollar store is our favorite texture!
You can add food coloring or paint to the non-paint substances. I prefer to use washable paint, since the plastic bag can break, and it’s hard to get food coloring out of clothes – and even off of hands!
You can also add a layer of packing tape over the bag if you have exceptionally curious kids who are likely to try to remove the paint.
Mess-Free Art for Kids
I’ve blogged about this activity before (here and here), but this time I made two improvements: I put a sheet of white paper underneath to allow for greater contrast, and I taped the edges down with masking tape. Painter’s tape would work just as well, and you could even use scotch tape, although that might be a bit more challenging to remove from the table.
Having the bag stabilized makes it easier to control the paint. This way two children can play together, or one child can explore in greater depth:
We left this out on our little table for several days. Every child who came over (and there were many) was intrigued. Several of the parents were, too!
Lily may have been the most excited of all!
Have you tried this mess free art activity? Do you have an art activity you think my kids would enjoy?
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