I have painted quite a bit with the babies (ugh, I need to start calling them the kids but I just can't!). However, they've always painted in their high chairs, where I can contain them and the mess. They absolutely love painting and they love to point out their paintings that are hanging in our kitchen.
I decided to jump out of my comfort zone and get messy with their painting because I knew they would enjoy it. I also wanted to see what they would create when given a bigger space to work. It was totally worth it!
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We don't have a great outdoor space at our apartment but I would love to be able to do messy painting outside at some point. For now, I used our kitchen where everything is washable. I set up this messy painting activity like I do all our activities: on the big blue blanket. This blanket is a quilt I found on clearance at Target years ago and we used to use it as a picnic blanket. As I was grabbing our painting supplies, I saw the muffin tins I use for sorting and decided they would be great for paint. We used (affiliate links) Crayola washable paint, regular paintbrushes, and our funky paint brushes. I also had the kids gather up some vehicles and their (affiliate link) sensory balls. Their canvases for this project were leftover poster board that was getting in the way and we kept moving from one part of the house to another. Better to make it into a masterpiece!
Here are the babies kids getting started. Baby B is saying "dip, dip, dip" after dipping his paintbrush
They rolled the sensory balls and cars through the paint and across the posters, used brushes, and hands. Baby A got really into hand painting and mixing colors.
I shared her hand painting in action on Instagram:
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I just love how their paintings came out! We used the white one to make father's day cards and the black one is hanging up because I love it so much I couldn't cut it up!
Stay tuned to hear how cleaning up all this messy painting went!