Mess free painting is a great sensory activity for children of all ages. I’ve done it with my son when was he was a baby, and as a toddler. You can do it using items you have at home so it’s totally thrifty!
Mess Free Painting For Babies
Mess free painting is a brilliant activity for babies. It allows them to experience new textures and sensations and incorporates tummy time.
The first time we tried mess free painting, Ollie was around 3 months old.
At the time I just used what I had to hand, which was cling film. I put a piece of paper on a baking tray, added some paint, stretched cling film over it and taped it in place underneath…simple! I laid him on a comfy curved cushion and let him investigate.
As a baby, Ollie was fascinated by the different colours. He wasn’t too sure about the texture at first but once he’d investigated a little he found it hilarious squishing the paints together. It also kept him distracted meaning he got a good amount of tummy time!
Mess Free Painting For Toddlers
When Ollie was older, we tried mess free painting again. This time I used a freezer bag with a few blobs of different coloured paint in. I taped it to the patio door, because Ollie doesn’t like being sat still for too long and I could put it at the right height for him. I left it there for the afternoon so he could come back to it whenever he wanted!
This would be a great activity to do on a sunny day. Get the children to make their own suncatchers and see what happens when the light hits them!
I’ll definitely be using this again when Ollie gets a bit older to help him develop his fine motor skills and practice drawing and writing!