Art Smart

No Mess Painting

Ideal for Infant

A young baby boy in a red and white striped shirt looks up with his hand on a ziplock bag full of paint

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to use hands and fingers to explore and interact with the environment

Materials Needed:

  • Zip-top bag (quart or gallon size)
  • Tempera paint (or corn syrup and food coloring)
  • Cardstock

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Place the cardstock in the zip-top bag. Add a few spoonfuls of paint. Alternatively, add a few spoonfuls of corn syrup along with a few drops of food coloring.
  2. Seal the bag tightly.
  3. Show your child how to use his fingers to press on the bag and move the paint.

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