No Mess Baby and Toddler “Painting”

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Here’s an activity that you can do right now! Whip out some light colored construction paper (I’ve used tan) and a paintbrush and some water. Have your baby “paint” away.

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My daughter is 17 months old and she loves this activity.

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Yes, sometimes she just likes dumping out the water…

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And then this activity turns into table washing, too!

This activity is great for improving fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and just plain fun. A little goes a long way!

 

 

paint outside (and inside) the box

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Sometimes painting on paper gets old for a preschooler, I’m afraid to say. So, we have to spice up the activity a bit! I found a couple of wooden boxes at Target for 3 dollars. My first intention was to use them as-is for activity┬átrays, but as they just sat around empty I realized maybe I could spare one for an art project. I said, “Hey, you wanna paint a box?” My daughter was all for it.

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Once the paint dries I will let her have at it with glue and sequins and glitter and whatever else I find laying around. I might not want to use it as a decorative piece when she’s done, but she’ll sure have fun. ­čśë

Also, this project got me to thinking that I could probably let her paint other unconventional things and objects for fun: plastic bottles, tin cans, and the sky is the limit. In the end, all of this painting practice helps advance her dexterity and fine motor development. And it’s fun!