7 Non-Messy Art Projects to Do With Your Baby or Toddler

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Art is far more than just an enjoyable activity for you and your baby or toddler. PBS ran an article years back, citing the developmental benefits art projects have for young ones.

Now, we know a huge challenge in doing art projects with your babies or toddlers is the mess it can create. It can be a lot of work to clean up, not to mention the constant vigilance of making sure paint isn’t eaten or splashed all over your beautiful white furniture.

So, we put together a list of simple and engaging art projects from some of the best parenting blogs around, all of which have as minimal clean-up as possible.

1. Shake it up!

The best part of this project—besides a surprisingly pretty final result—is that it’s all literally self-contained! Your baby essentially puts some finger paints and paper in a plastic bag, shakes it up and comes up with something you can hang on the wall. You can find the instructions here.

2. Fly swatter painting

This project is wonderful because it all takes place outside. If your child can sit up, take him or her outside, get some non-toxic sidewalk paint and let them swat away at the paper. Munchkins and Moms has the full instructions.

3. Play with some edible paints

There may still be a mess; however, here you don’t have to worry about ingesting. Now, you can encourage it! The paint is easy to make at home – you can try it yourself.

4. Time for some colored rice

Colored rice projects are a huge hit with kids – for you as the parent, we just recommend laying a blanket down so you can catch as many stray grains as possible. You can also use contact paper, which means you don’t have to mess around with glue. Full details, like making the rice, can be found here.

5. Put together a collage

A collage is one of the most creative activities you can do with your child. If he or she is too young to handle scissors (like for cutting out magazine items and such), you can go around the house with them and collect items to use (feathers, sequins, buttons, etc.). It can be a great adventure!

6. Create your own bouquet

This one is more for toddlers (ages 3+) than infants. You can create some beautiful flowers though and with minimal materials and messes, even using the final product as home decoration. Mama Teaches graciously provided some instructions for this project.

7. Stickers make a scene

There are two main steps – create a backdrop, then have your baby or toddler place the stickers on the scene. One mom at Rainy Day Mum even incorporated songs and lessons into this, singing Old MacDonald Had a Farm as she and her child put the picture together.

There are so many ways to get your child’s creativity going. You as a parent will be wildly surprised at how inventive your child can be, even at such a young age. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to create something yourself.

Do you have other art ideas? Please, share them with us!

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