No mess painting for babies and toddlers.


  • 1 Newspaper
  • 1 tbsp 3 or 4 Different Colour Paints
  • 1 Zip Lock Bag
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • 4 pieces Sketch/Thick paper


  1. Spoon paint into bag so that the blobs are not touching.
  2. Seal the bag and tape it to a window or glass door (or floor for babies).
  3. Let bubba poke, press and smudge paint around in bag.
  4. Lay down some newspaper and place sketch paper on top.
  5. Remove zip lock bag from window and cut all 4 edges off.
  6. Carefully pull the bag apart and place the pieces paint side down onto 2 of the pieces of sketch paper.
  7. Peel off the plastic and place the last 2 pieces of paper onto the painted paper to make a print.
  8. Peel apart the pieces of paper to reveal 4 copies of the artwork.
  9. Sit or hang up to dry.

Notes... Both my boys have been doing this since they could crawl. They use their hands, toys etc to spread the paint. Just make sure their nails are short and there are no harsh edges on the toys used.

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  • PinkJellyBeans
    • 18 Aug 2014
      11:44 pm

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  • i love this idea. i think that you could adapt it as well. you could put little objects into the bag like marbles and let your child learn to manipulate them.

    • ta for posting this. so awesome this idea. fun, fun, fun!


  • What a wonderful idea – no mess projects are the best!


  • A good idea.


  • Wow, I was looking for a craft activity I could do with my 15 month old, this is brilliant, thank you!


  • What an unusual idea. Wish I had of thought of it years ago! lol!!


  • this is a great mess free idea


  • will have to try this…


  • Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea; still with the artistic creativity little one’s know and love!.


  • great idea, thanks for sharing


  • Fun for the kids looks good


  • good idea, id rather let my bubbies paint though, doesn’t seem like they are doing much


  • What a perfectly brilliant idea! this would be so much fun for little inquisitive people!


  • Cool idea! Even the bigger kids will love to do this


  • Very creative idea. Love this. My daughter loves art.


  • Great idea. I’ve heard of paint in a zip lock bag before but the extra step of making a print is a brilliant idea :-)


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