No-Mess Painting With Eli

No-Mess Painting With Eli

Painting with children…oh boy can this get messy.  Even though it’s one of my absolute favorite things to do with kids, I have to admit, it’s been difficult to do at home with Eli.

Eli is at a stage where he puts everything in his mouth, absolutely everything!  He also likes to grab things, and rub them all over his hair.  You guys have seen his hair, if he gets anything too messy in there, I have to give him a whole bath to clean it up!

One of the fun things about parenting is, that you quickly learn to enjoy the moment and leave certain things for another time.  Cleaning is one of them…sorry Dad-da!

Okay, my house isn’t a total disaster!  I try to figure out ways Eli can get messy and stimulate his senses in ways I can easily and quickly clean up after.  I will share those activities on another post.

BUT FIRST…This “No Mess Painting” idea came up years ago in one of my classrooms.  We used it for many different projects because of how easy it is to transition to other activities once done.  It is also great if you have children of different age groups because they can all participate.  Eli LOVED IT!

All you need is:

  • Paint (I used finger paints)
  • Construction paper
  • Ziploc Bags (size will depend on paper you want to use)
  • Small ball (I used a golf ball but any small ball will work)

no mess painting

I put the paper inside the bag, squeezed a small amount of paint on the paper, dropped the ball in there and zipped up the bag, making sure to remove most of the air.  I gave it to Eli and let him go at it!

no mess painting

Eli smashed it, squeezed it, bit it, dragged it along when he got distracted with other things, shook it and tossed it around.  He felt the coolness and squishiness of the paint without getting messy, it was perfect!

no mess painting

no mess painting




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Hope you guys try it out!

XO Mari Pelli

**As always, never leave your babies unattended with a project like this. Get involved and have fun!


I am just your typical new mother trying to balance baby responsibilities, wife duties and an abnormal addiction to chocolate and all things fun.

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