There is always a time and a place for letting children really explore painting. However, there isn’t always time to clear up the massive mess that will normally always follow a painting activity involving babies. Which means this mess free painting for babies is perfect those just moments, for parents who don’t like big messes, or children who don’t like to get messy.

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You will need:

  • Paper
  • Zip lock bag
  • Duck tape or other heavy duty tape
  • Paint

mess free painting

You will want to use a large zip lock bag for this. Place the paper on the inside of the bag. Once there squirt some paint onto the paper. For this one I used orange and green as we were doing apple printing to look like pumpkins.

When everything is in the bag shut it and then tape it to the table. This prevents them from lifting up the bag and throwing it around.

When you are all ready let your little one push the paint around or simply just hit it. BB has a Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair, which means that we can pull his chair right up to the table. Another option is to tape it to a wall and then get them to sit in front of it to play with it. This is a great way to help encourage babies to sit. If they aren’t quite sitting by themselves yet simply sit behind them with them between your legs.

When they have finished, gently take the paper out and let it dry.

mess free painting

Although YC was keen to help BB do his painting he did seem to enjoy smacking the bag with the paint in, and guess what because of this mess free painting for babies activity I could finish getting dinner ready without him complaining about being hungry.

If you enjoyed this craft then make sure you check out some of my other mess free sensory play ideas for babies; like my oil and water sensory bottles and balloon play for babies.

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mess free painting for babies and toddlers.  An easy craft that produces wonderful pieces of art work.  Bonus of an easy clean up.  Also great for children who don't like to get messy or may have a sensory processing disorder.