Crafts for Kids

Mess Free Painting for Toddlers

If you are looking for a mess free painting idea to let toddler, babies, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age kids paint and explore mixing colors without all the mess and clean-up, you are going to love this simple solution! You can get ready for messless painting in just 5 minutes!
If you are looking for a mess free painting idea to let toddler, babies, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age kids paint and explore mixing colors without all the mess and clean-up, you are going to love this simple solution! You can get ready for messless painting in just 5 minutes!

Mess Free Painting

This messless painting activity is super simple and QUICK to set-up! This mess free painting will allow your babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to paint and explore color without making a mess!

To try this simple mess free activities you will need a few simple supplies you may already have on hand:

  • large gallon size Ziploc bags
  • liquid tempera paint – we choose to use primary colors to explore color mixing.
  • painters tape

Paint in a bag for babies and toddler kids activity

mess free painting for toddlers

Just quirt 3 ‚Äúpiles‚ÄĚ 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

mess free painting in a bag

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

messless painting

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

Mess Free Painting for Toddlers

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

paint in a bag for babies

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

Pracitce making alphabet letters with messless paint

no mess painting for toddlers

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. There are so many possible extension ideas besides just explorign and color mixing Рfrom writing letters, forming numbers, and more!

Sensory Alphabet Letter Making for Kindergarten

mess free toddler painting

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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Bubble Activities

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Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

This craft using egg shell is a fun simple summer craft for kids that uses things you have laying around your house. Kids will love giving their egg head craft personality, watching their hair grow, and giving their egg craft a haircut! This diy chia pet is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, and grade 2 students! Plus this spring activities for preschoolers science is the perfect addition to a planting seeds with preschoolers activity for your plants and seeds lesson plan! Kids are going to love this really fun Frozen Rainbow Eruptions science activity where kids will make beautiful rainbows as they create a chemical reaction! This baking soda and vinegar experiment! This rainbow activities for preschoolers usese a couple simple materials for a mesmerizing, colorful preschool summer activity! Use this rainbow science with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders. growing crystal flowers easy spring science experiment EPIC Bubble Painting - kids of all ages will love this fun summer art project where they will make a bubble craft by blowing bubbles. Recipe included for this fun to make, easy, summer activity for kids!

Summer Activities for Kids

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Fun Summer Activities for Kids

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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  • Thank you for all the great resources you share. I teach Early Childhood Special Ed and have a wide variety of abilities. I find things for everyone. I have given your web address to the Pre-K teachers. I’m always excited to see what you include in your emails.

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