Art has always been a big part of my life. Thankfully, I successfully
brainwashed raised my oldest daughter to love it, too. I’m hoping to do that with our youngest as well. Now that she’s 9 months old, it was time to break out our first baby art project.
This one is simple, quick, and great for kids who love to keep their hands clean (and the adults who appreciate that!)
What You Need
- One piece of 8.5″ x 11″ paper (*I used a heavier weight paper just for stability, but any will do.)
- Non-toxic paint (*Mine came from the dollar store!)
- Zipper style sandwich or freezer bags – one per painting
- Highchair or another way to contain your baby
- At least one baby
Play around with the size of paper and corresponding bag to make small, medium, or large paintings. This is an easy way to make some fun framed art for the grandparents or to decorate a hallway or small space. It adds a fun pop of color along with a great memory.
Another idea: Use fabric paint on squares of scrap fabric, and then create a one-of-a-kind bag, wall hanging, or quilt.
- If you are using sandwich bags, cut your paper into 4 pieces. Otherwise, adjust your paper to fit into the bag size that you are using.
- Strap your little one into your highchair or containment receptacle of choice. A highchair tray makes for a great art surface.
- Prep the paper for your little artist. Draw a variety of dots, lines, or shapes onto your paper with one or more colors of paint.
- Carefully slip the prepared paper into your bag and seal it. You don’t have to remove all the air from the bag, but you don’t want it so inflated that the seal breaks when your little one bangs about their creation.
- Turn them loose! Use this time to show them how to trace, feel, smash, or smack their materials. Thicker paint is fun for an improved tactile experience.
- Once they have finished with their art piece, carefully open the bag and remove the paper, slicing the plastic if you need to in order to pull the paper out cleanly.
- Lay flat to dry, then show it to the world!
Why I Like This Project
It’s never too early to start introducing art concepts and colors, a variety of words, and different tactile experiences to your child. Use this time to talk expressively about what they are experiencing and seeing. Mention color names and pull out your adjectives to describe the feeling of the paint through the plastic. Name the shapes or discuss the way in which they are interacting with the paper. All of these experiences, even with the very young, will help strengthen their vocabulary later on.
Babies explore using their senses. This project uses the senses of sight and touch heavily.
This is also a very inexpensive project that doesn’t require an empty afternoon to complete. You can set up, paint, and clean up in less than 30 minutes if you like things kept short. And, who can beat this kind of clean up!
*Yes, it pains me to use bags that I will simply throw away minutes later, but the experience is enough to alleviate my trash guilt for a few minutes.
What’s your favorite art project to complete with your kids? Share it with me in the comments below.
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