I love painting with my girls but sometimes I’m just not in the right frame of mind for dealing with the mess that it generates. Ziplock bag painting seemed to be the perfect way to let the girls enjoy having fun with paints and not have any mess to clear up afterwards – plus I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about Sophie trying to eat the paint either!
Setting up was easy – I took two ziplock bags, squirted some poster paint into each bag, and zipped them back up, trying to get as much air out in the process without squashing the paint splodges too much. I then taped each bag to a piece of white paper using spark tape. The white paper made it easier to see the colours and the spark tape helped make sure that the paint definitely stayed inside the bag.
Jessica and Sophie enjoyed moving the paint around with their fingers and mixing the colours up.
We used toy cars to make tracks in the paint…
…and shapes to make prints.
Jessica had a lot of fun drawing different pictures once the paints were more mixed up.
Whilst the shape prints and the drawings were quite transient due to the paint moving back again fairly quickly, creating little pictures in the paint kept both girls occupied for a while. Sophie even rolled her ziplock bag into a tube and the paint still managed to stay inside.
The finished ‘drawings’ were easy to put away as they didn’t need to be dried out and we have got the bags out again a few times in the last couple of days to do some more ‘painting’ with them. It’s definitely been a good non-messy alternative to painting.
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