Painting Bags

I hate paint. There I said it. That is basically blasphemy for a former first grade teacher and a current stay at home mom to utter those words. Even the washable paint seems near impossible to really clean off, and I always end up scrubbing some piece of furniture after we use it. That being said, kids love paint, so despite my feelings of detest for it I pull out the paint now and again for a little fun.

When we do use paint, I prefer to try activities that are a little broader than the typical paint brush and paper type style. Even better if the clean up is minimal, so I was a big fan of this activity: paint bags!

Before you run out and try this let me give my disclaimer. I tried this with my daughter when she was about 14 months old and…COMPLETE FAIL. She basically spent the whole time trying to rip the bags off the window. I tried this again around 19 months and it was a BIG HIT. I’d suggest that you do this activity with kids ages 18 months + OR children who are already showing an interest in coloring.


  • Washable paint
  • Water
  • Ziplock bags
  • Painters tape (you can use another form of tape but be very careful pulling the paint bags off. I used packing tape once and it was too strong and tore a hole in the bags)

Skills Developed:

  • Fine Motor
  • Creative Play

Pour about 3-4 tablespoons of paint into your ziplock bag and add about 1 teaspoon of water to help the paint move more freely. Remember if you use a different sized bag adjust the amount of paint accordingly. Seal the bag with as little air in it as possible. Tape the bag to a window, wall, or table. Kids can use their finger or a paint brush to draw in the paint

What are some mess free ways you use paint with your kids?

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