No Mess Smush Painting

Embarking on artistic adventures with toddlers can be a joyous experience, but it often comes with a side of chaos that parents may not be too fond of. If you’ve ever found yourself torn between fostering your little one’s creativity and preserving your home from a rainbow of paint spills, fear not! In this blog post, we’ll explore the magical world of mess-free painting with toddlers—a delightful journey where creativity knows no bounds, and clean-up is a breeze.

Get ready to witness the magic unfold as we dive into the art of mess-free painting, turning your toddler’s playtime into a canvas of imagination and exploration. Say goodbye to the stress of stained carpets and hello to a world where little hands can create without limits


  • Washable Paint

  • Cardstock

  • Gallon Ziploc Bags


  • Take a sheet of paper and fold it in half or cut it to size. It needs to be able to fit inside a gallon ziploc bag.

  • Apply small dots of paint to your paper. Be careful not to use too much paint or it will look a mess and take forever to dry.

  • Carefully place the paper inside a ziploc gallon bag and close it tightly. I repeat, CLOSE IT TIGHTLY! You might even want to tape it shut if you feel like your toddler could be capable of breaking into the bag.

  • Tape the bag to your work surface; the table, the floor, wherever. Let those little toddler fingers smush the paint around on the paper, creating beautiful abstract art! When your toddler is finished, take the paper out of the bag to dry.

We thank our friends at Happy Toddler Club for this fun recipe!