Mess Free Painting for Toddlers

If you are looking for a mess free way to let toddlers paint and explore mixing colors you are going to love this kids activity!
 Mess Free Painting for Kids - This is such a fun, clever and unique way for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to paint WITHOUT the mess!!



I first saw this idea at The Hippie Housewife and knew it would be a great fit for our house.


This activity is super simple to set-up and will allow your baby, toddler, or preschool to paint without making a mess!







Mess Free Painting with Toddlers & Preschoolers

You will need large gallon size Ziploc bags and tempera paint. We choose to use primary colors to explore color mixing.
Paint in a bag for babies and toddler kids activity

Just quirt 3 “piles” of paint in your ziplock bag, make sure all the air is out, and carefully seal your ziplock bag.

Paint in a bag for babies and toddler kids activity

Now, using painters tape, tape the bag to the table. This allows your child to finger paint without it moving around.

Playing with Paint in a Bag

I got two ready. Time to call the kids because we are all ready to play!


Playing with Paint in a Bag

Mess Free Painting for Toddlers

My toddler right away wanted to squish the paint. she loved the squishy feeling and was so surprised it wasn’t all over her hand!

Color mixing without all the mess for preschool and toddlers

My Kindergartner started swirling the colors together. She was so excited when she started to see new colors emerge!


Practicing Your Letters with Messless Painting

Pracitce making alphabet letters with messless paint

I’m not sure if you can tell by the picture or not, but she made a letter A. The bags made a great surface to practice making letters.

Sensory Alphabet Letter Making for Kindergarten

She loved the alphabet tactile practice making her letters on the squishy paint bag.


Painting in a Bag TIPS

  • Put a piece of white paper underneath to make your letters or drawing appear more clearly.
  • Try to get as much of the air out of the bag as possible.
  • Trim nails before doing this activity. If kids start painting with their nails you will get a tear in the bag and end up with messy painting.


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Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.