We love doing arts and crafts but sometimes I just don’t want to deal with all the clean up that comes along with some of the projects. Mess free painting for toddlers is my solution when we want to paint but I want to minimize the time we spend cleaning up!
It’s a great way to let your kids do all the finger painting they want while making some art that is pretty gorgeous too!
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Mess Free Painting for Toddlers
I’m all about sitting down with the kids and getting creative. I think it’s one of the best ways to spend time together.
I also like to keep things as simple as possible. You can do a lot with some basic craft materials like paint, cardstock, construction paper, scissors, and glue. During my years teaching and my years raising young children, I’ve learned that the kids don’t always need an elaborate craft project.
In fact, mine seem to love being given materials and some free reign to just let their imaginations run free.
No mess painting uses some basic materials we always seem to have around our house along with a kitchen staple that I always keep stocked up on! I use Reynolds KITCHENS™ Plastic Wrap almost every day in the kitchen, but it’s also a huge help when it comes to mess free toddler art!
It’s just one of the many ways to use plastic wrap around the house and with the new Reynolds KITCHENS™ Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap, it’s even easier to use! The Reynolds KITCHENS™ Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap has a built-in slide cutter that gives me a clean cut every single time I use it!
That makes it easy to use and that’s something to celebrate in the middle of a busy day with the kids! Check out how it makes it easy to let your kids explore mess free finger painting!
Painting for Toddlers Materials
You really only need three things to start mess free finger painting:
- Cardstock or canvas
- Reynolds KITCHENS™ Plastic Wrap
You really only need those three things to get painting!
If you’re making art to gift then I suggest using a canvas. If you’re just doing plastic wrap painting for fun, you can use cardstock. I recommend it over paper because it’s a bit thicker. We’ve also used a piece of a cardboard box before too when we’re just painting for fun!
How to Make Mess Free Toddler Art
The steps for making a mess free painting are simple and it’s really all about the plastic wrap!
1. Lay your canvas or cardstock on a flat surface.
2. Squeeze paint onto the canvas.
We usually use two or three colors for each painting we make. It helps us avoid just making a lot of brown artwork! You can use colors to go with a theme if you’re making art to give as gifts or you can let your kids choose their favorite colors. The possibilities are really endless and it’s what making no mess painting for toddlers a great activity to keep in mind!
3. Wrap canvas with a piece of plastic wrap that is larger than your canvas so you can put it around the back of it.
I usually wrap the canvas in a few pieces of Reynolds KITCHENS™ Plastic Wrap to prevent any paint leaking out when the kids are painting.
The new Reynolds KITCHENS™ Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap makes this step even easier than before with built-in slide cutter that gives a clean cut every time you use it. It makes putting together your canvas for mess free toddler art even easier than before! That’s what I call a small win in the middle of a busy day!
4. Then let the no mess finger painting for toddlers begin! It’s a mom win!
They get to enjoy being creative and you can know it’s going to be easy to clean up!
5. Once your child is finished painting, remove the Reynolds KITCHENS™ Plastic Wrap by peeling it off the back of the canvas and then pulling straight up.
You can let your child do this (and risk a little bit of a mess) or help them out and keep it clean. If your child squished it up at all while painting, the cling wrap will leave behind lines and textures as you pull it up which gives the cling film art a really cool look!
Using the Reynolds KITCHENS™ Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap makes this project easier. Your kids can do it while you get something done in the kitchen! Reynolds KITCHENS™ Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap is still great for getting a long-lasting tight seal that keeps food fresh.
With a Starter edge™ that makes it easy to find the start of the roll and each roll being held in place so it doesn’t jump out of the package when you’re pulling it out, it’s even easier to use than ever before!
You can stock up on Reynolds KITCHENS™ Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap for your kitchen (and your art supplies) at a store near you! Use the Reynolds Kitchens store locator and visit the website to print a coupon!
For even more fun ways to paint, be sure to check out some of our favorite (and fun) ways to paint with kids!