Inside: This toddler no mess painting activity is all about the process. Little hands press plastic wrap on top of paint for a fun sensory experience!
If you’re looking for a no mess activity for the art table, this is one of our favorites!
Toddlers love pressing down on the plastic wrap, moving the paint around.
Even though hands are not directly touching paint, this is still a delightful sensory experience.
As the plastic wrap touches the paint, the hands can still feel the movement of the paint even though they aren’t directly touching it.
A fun process art activity that can also work on color recognition skills!
Toddler No Mess Painting Activity with Plastic Wrap
What you will need:
Setting up this toddler no mess activity:
Place a piece of paper on a tray.
Squirt dollops of paint on top of the paper. (These do not have to be very large.)
Lay a piece of plastic wrap on top of the paint and then tape it to a tray.
Now the activity is ready to go! You can create as many of these trays as desired (depending on how many children will be participating).
No Mess Painting
Invite your toddler to press on top of the plastic wrap.
If they’ve never done this before, show them how to gently push on the wrap to move the paint around.
If your toddlers are like mine they might at first lift their hand, expecting to find paint on it.
What a surprise when the hand is clean!
As your toddlers are moving the paint around, encourage them to use their fingers and also the palms of their hands.
Such a fun way to work on fine motor skills!
What happens when the colors overlap?
When finished, remove the tape and plastic wrap, letting the paint dry.
More color ideas to go with this activity:
Art: Rainbow Collage
Fine Motor: Rainbow Suncatcher
Sensory Table: Color Sorting Water Bin
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