Today I’m really pleased to have Tricia from Two Big Two Little another SAHM and a blogger sharing a mess free painting idea just perfect to keep the kids busy for a while with minimal clean up as well.
I’m Tricia from Two Big Two Little, where I share crafts and activities that I do with my children. My kids range in age from 1 to 15, so we usually have a variety of end results to everything 🙂 I’m very excited to be guest posting here at Rainy Day Mum today 🙂
After seeing this post from Mama Smiles for mess-free art, I just knew I wanted to try it sometime. The other day, as I was cleaning up the craft room (again lol) and trying to keep Austin from making a bigger mess, I remembered it and set it up for him
I got out a plastic freezer Zip-loc bag and cut a piece of card stock to fit inside the bag. I squeezed some big drops of different coloured tempera paint onto the paper and very carefully slid the paper into the bag. I then closed the bag and using duct tape, taped it to one of our craft trays.
Be sure to use a heavy ziploc bag, as the thinner ones will rip easy and let the paint out.
I set the tray down in front of him and watched to see what he would do.
He was pretty interested in it, but wasn’t sure what to do with it. Maddie helped him a bit with figuring it out.
I think he thought it was something to eat lol He lost interest in it shortly after this, as there was just too much other stuff to get into.
The girls thought this type of painting looked like a lot of fun, so they both asked for me to make one for them.
Sammie loved doing this. She loved squishing the paint around and mixing the colours up. Then she realized that if she used her fingernail on the bag that it would leave lines, so she started drawing in the paint.
I gave her a paint brush and showed her how to use the end of the brush to write and draw with it.
Maddie tried it out too, but she didn’t find it as much fun as Sammie did.
When the kids were done with a bag, I peeled the duct tape off the trays and folded it over onto the other side of the bags, sealing the paper and paint inside. A few days later and the paint inside is still wet and they can still move it around and draw in it.
I think if the bags were left open, the paint would eventually dry and you could remove the paper from the bag.
There was a couple of them that I put too much paint into the bags and they didn’t really squish around much, and the girls couldn’t draw in them either.
The girls enjoyed this craft, especially Sammie. She kept asking me to make more for her, with different colours in each one 🙂 Sammie has asked lots of time to do more of these paintings. Austin wasn’t really interested, but he was just too busy wanting to get into everything. I think I may try this with him again, when he is more in the mood to sit still.
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