Plastic bag painting

In an attempt to have less mess when painting with my daughter, I decided to try putting paint into a plastic freezer bag with some paper and let my daughter at it. I was inspired by Kayla Aimee .
I cut two hearts out of paper, and two rectangles.

I started with the two hearts, and put pink, red, white and blue paint in the bag.

Big surprise, the first thing Chloe did was try to open the bag. All I had to tell her was not to open the bag and she stopped (surprising!).

To be honest, this is something I tried when Chloe had just turned one, except without the paper inside. She didn’t really know what to do when I tried it the first time. This time, I showed her a bit. She wasn’t that interested at first. The more I showed her, the more she did herself.


The end result was quite pretty. But, both sides of the paper had paint on it. I placed it on a cut up cereal box, and of course, the hearts stuck to it. But I think I’ll just cut them out and then they will be more sturdy.

I was hoping to do the rectangles as well, all on the same day. But, I wanted to use different colours, so I washed the freezer bag out (I’m too cheap to dirty a second one) and had to let it dry before I reused it. By the time the bag was dry, I was busy doing other things and had lost interest.
I think both Chloe and I would prefer the messy version of painting. That being said, this was an interesting activity that lots of kids really do enjoy. And I honestly figured mine would, since she doesn’t appreciate getting her hands dirty… On to the next activity!

What painting activities do you like to do with kids?

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