The words mess-free and toddler don’t usually go great together, but in this case they do! I love this new way of painting for toddlers so much that I think my walls are going to be covered in baby masterpieces. All you need is a zippered plastic bag of any size. Dab a dollop of paint onto your picture, slip it inside the bag and let your little one squish the paint around. In less than five minutes, you have a beautiful, original painting and your child is CLEAN!
We did this activity with shamrocks during St. Patrick’s Day Tot School. I originally came across this idea via Pinterest. I was sure that I pinned it, but I cannot find it anywhere now! That mom used leaves for a fall activity, but I printed a few shamrocks on card stock and cut them out.
I dabbed a bit of washable green and yellow paint on our cut-outs. To my surprise, Corbin and Lynley were not very interested in squishing the paint around. It could be because it was almost nap time when I attempted this arts and crafts session. Or maybe the fact that we were outside, and they wanted to dive into the ball pit instead. Nevertheless, I ended up doing most of the “painting” myself.
I left the shamrocks in the bags a little too long before I took them out to dry. A few of them stuck to the bag or tore in places. I would advise you to take them out of the bag very carefully just after you finish. Place them on newspaper to dry for a couple of hours. Then decorate with them however you want! I strung ours on some raffia ribbon and hung it below our mantle. Up top, I decorated with a lovely free printable via A Little Tipsy Blog. I love that the glitter shamrocks add a little sparkle to our decor. Those are also a Dollar Tree find. (You can find more money-saving Tot School tips here.)
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