Oooooooooooo. Did the quotes in the title intrigue you?
Or did having the words “toddler” and “finger painting” in the same sentence scare you off? On second thought, if it scared you off, you wouldn’t be reading this, so I’m glad you’re here!
This is the BEST finger painting project with little ones because they will NOT have dirty, painty fingers when all is said and done. You probably will, but they won’t.
This project is completely versatile, so you can use paper like I did, wood, a canvas and so on. If you use cardstock like I did, you can cut it in any shape depending on the holiday or what you’re celebrating. For me, I’m using my final products as sweet Easter greetings from Cecilia to her grandparents, aunts and uncles.
So, here’s what you need…
Pretty simple. Grab a ziploc, some masking tape and paint. You can use washable paint, if you have some, but since I didn’t, I used my trusty Martha Stewart acrylic paints I had on hand. You’ll also need some super thick cardstock (if you’re using paper) cut into whatever shape you want.
Next up, give your shapes some good squirts of paint. There’s no rhyme or reason here, so just go for it with different colors and quantities.
Carefully pop your paper into the ziplock bag, release the excess air in the bag and SEAL REALLY WELL. Next, use the masking tape and tape the bag down to a surface like a high chair tray or the floor. For older kids you may not need to do this, but since I didn’t want 1-year-old Cecilia to make off with a bag filled with paint, I taped it to the ground.
Now, let your little one go at it! If you’re using paper, just be sure to not let the painted paper sit in the bag for long, since the paint makes the paper fairly delicate because of the wetness.
This is what our final product looked like in the bag! Next, I took some cheap craft scissors and carefully cut the bag down the sides and flipped up the top to easily take the eggs out. You have to be super gentle so you don’t rip your paper. If you lay them on a flat surface to dry, be sure to move them often. It’s inevitable that the back of the eggs will get paint on them and the paint will dry to the drying surface and act like glue which equals ripped eggs! ? I dried mine on top of a can of beans and made sure the egg only touched the can where there wasn’t any paint that could make it stick. Once the paint on the back of the egg is dry, you can keep them on a flat surface so the front can continue to dry.
The final products were all so unique and gorgeous!
I added a little message on the front and back of my eggs, but you certainly don’t have to if it doesn’t go with what you want your final products to be. Some other ideas I had for the eggs (without writing) are to glue them together to make a cute paper wreath or string them together to make some festive Easter garland. How adorable?!?!? I think I may have Cecilia paint some cute garland for the holidays on paper cut out in the shape of ornaments.
What would you do with your painted masterpieces? Let me know and show me pictures when you do it!