Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Mess Free Baby 'Painting'

You know those tummy time mats with the plastic 'puddles' that babies can pat and make little shapes move in the water? This gave me an idea for a painting activity for littler babies, where you don't have to worry about them putting paint in their mouths, or getting completely covered in it. I also have to make a birthday card for a friend's thirtieth and thought this would be a fun way to do it with BB, without taking the whole thing too seriously- as in the end result will not really be my responsibility. This will actually make a nice abstract blob that he will have to put in his window every time we come and visit! Hehe.
Masking tape a sheet of overhead projector acetate to a piece of cardboard
Squeeze some different coloured acrylic paint on anyhow- I did lines to see how something quite formal tidy could become chaotic!

After covering with another sheet of acetate and masking tape over the paint, let the fun begin! (I still have an old sheet down just in case)
Let them smoosh it
Lie on it

Try and crawl on it
Squish it with their knees
Cuddle it?
When baby falls asleep on painting, remove from underneath them carefully, remove the tape and peel apart for a wonderous gloopy image. Leave to dry put of the way and give to unsuspecting friends as window decorations!

Next time I am going to start with little blobs, so Baby Boy can really push the paint around, seeing what happens when the colours mix.


  1. Brilliant idea - it's good to start them young, and why should babies miss out on all the fun!

  2. That's a really great idea! I love how your photos have captured the process at each different stage with your baby.

  3. Thanks! We really enjoyed it, the acrylic makes lovely bumps and textures too!

  4. Ah this is a very cute and clever idea!! My 1yr old would LOVE it!!

    Would love for you to link up at Kids Get Crafty? It's every Wednesday over at Red Ted Art, current linky:

    Hope to see you there!