Pinterest is full of creative ideas for getting your kids involved in crafts and sensory play without having to worry about too much of a mess. It seems as though there’s a new idea in your feed every few days, at least if you follow toddler moms; and if you don’t, well, a quick search will turn them up easily enough. One of the popular ideas that has made the rounds from the early days of Pinterest is mess free finger painting.
Finger painting…without the mess? Sounds like a great idea, right?
How do you do it? Fill a ziplock bag (name brand is recommended due to stronger side seams, but if you trust your generic brand, go for it!) with a little bit of paint. You can do this with just one color (probably of a thicker finger paint), or with two or three to view color mixing—thinner will work just as well for this. Tape the top shut. If you’re using a generic brand plastic bag, you might want to tape the sides, as well.
If you happen to have an easel, you can tape the bag to it. If you don’t, your kitchen counter or table will work just as well. You might want to put some newspaper down on your surface just in case the bag explodes, but it will probably be pretty safe.
Then, turn your child loose! You can take pictures of their creation throughout the process if you want to save it for later, or just let your child go wild!
The toddler verdict: This one didn’t keep the notoriously fickle toddler attention for long. It got a minute or two, but he was more fascinated by the process of putting the paint in the bag (probably in hopes that he’d get to play with it) than he was by the finger painting fun.
The bigger kid verdict: They loved it! The big kids played with it on and off for a couple of days, as long as it was left up to play with. It was much more appealing to them for some reason than it was to their little brother…perhaps because it was pure fun and felt like it ought to be really messy, but wasn’t.