Non-messy finger painting solution

I have no idea what I was thinking when I purchased four colors of finger paint.

You can see by virtue of where I was storing it, on the top shelf in my unfinished laundry room, that I was pretty keen on my kids using it. Not.

How to store finger paint (and other messy art supplies for kids)

Then I had the idea of using it not as paint, but more as a drawing tool, and suddenly it became not messy at all. No paintbrushes to wash. No sponging of, well, everything.  I’d even do it again.

While my kids were out with my husband, I put out two plastic placemats, each with a baggy of two glops of primary colors. I provided Q-tips to use as a stylus, and taped the bags in place. It’s sort of like one of those Zen boards you see in Brookstone.

No-Mess Finger painting for toddlers and preschoolers

Because my placemats are colorful, I had to put a piece of white paper behind the bags so that the paint would be visible.

No-Mess Finger painting for toddlers and preschoolers: primary-color-painting

No-Mess Finger painting for toddlers and preschoolers

Drawing on it is pretty satisfying, and the kids liked watching their lines appear and then disappear as the paint dispersed.

The following two tabs change content below. co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.