Baby painting ideas for your little Picasso

Toddler painting

by Emily Thorpe |

You might be wary of your baby painting, but we promise you that the benefits far outweigh the cons (aka the mess!).

Painting with your little one is a fantastic way of stimulating their brains while allowing them to freely express themselves how they please. As a very tactile experience, some children might not enjoy painting, but the majority will love the chance to get stuck into some vibrant paint.

As well as some easy baby painting ideas (including some mess-free options!) to try with our youngster, we've gathered together some top painting buys to stock up on. Don't forget an apron!

The benefits of baby painting

 • Develops their creativity

 • Builds fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination

 • Offers a sensory experience

 • Reinforces learning of cause and effect

Mess-free baby painting

If you do want to steer clear of creating more mess for you to clean up, give this mess-free baby-proof version of painting a whirl.

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project.

You will need:

Washable/non-toxic paint

White card

Large resealable bag


• Apply a few drops of different coloured paint onto a piece of card.

• Carefully slide the card into a large resealable bag and seal completely with tape.

• Tape down the sealed bag onto a table or highchair tray so it doesn’t move, however enthusiastically your child paints!

• Encourage your tot to press the paint around, mixing it together as they please.

If you’d like to frame your baby’s artwork, simply use a piece of cardboard to scrape off any thick or clumpy paint before popping it in a frame.

Related: The benefits of crafting with children

More baby painting ideas

Bubble wrap painting

Another mess-free baby painting idea, this one uses bubble wrap instead of a resealable bag. Your baby will enjoy the sensory experience of making the bubble wrap pop and we think the end result is pretty cool!

Follow the tutorial at Hello Wonderful.

Golf ball painting

Now stay with us because this method might sound a little strange as it uses a golf ball to paint, but it's well worth a go plus there's no cleaning up for you to do. It's also a great way of promoting two-hand use.

Follow the tutorial at CanDo Kiddo.

Paint rockets

Who know you could make a plastic bottle look so creative? It won't take your child long to transform their bottle and they'll have lots of fun doing so before flying their rocket around.

Follow the tutorial at Toddler Approved.

DIY edible paint

Our DIY method for edible paint is a completely safe option for little ones to play with and requires minimal supplies to pull together.

Easy DIY edible paint for babies

Baby painting buys

The best art stations for creative kids

The best crayons for toddlers

The best craft kits for kids to keep them entertained for hours

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