Now that my daughter is almost 8 months old, I am so excited to start fun sensory activities! It’s amazing to see how everything is so new and fun to kids. There are some fun sensory painting experiences in a ziploc bag on Pinterest that look really fun, and then I saw this post using cling wrap over a canvas. I loved the idea of making my baby’s first painting on canvas, since then I would be able to display her artwork.
I really wanted to make this project mess-free, but the idea of using cling wrap made me a little nervous. My daughter likes to grab things and I fear she would have pulled off plastic wrap, leaving a mess of paint. I decided to combine the two ideas to put a small canvas in a ziploc bag to make my baby’s first painting.
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Materials for Baby’s First Painting
- a gallon-sized ziploc bag (I used a freezer bag so it would be a little thicker)
- a small blank canvas (I used an 8 x 10 canvas, which fit perfectly in the bag I used)
- non-toxic paint in desired colors – I used aqua, purple, and pink (not pictured)
- optional: tape to ensure bag stays closed
Before putting the canvas in the bag, I squirted paint onto the canvas. I used three colors of non-toxic paint to give it a marbled effect. Next, I carefully placed the canvas in the ziploc bag and sealed it. As an added measure, it might help to use packing tape to seal the bag closed even better. (Of course, close supervision is required so that the bag isn’t opened and nothing is put in the mouth.)
Then I sat down on the floor (on a disposable tablecloth, just in case!). I put my daughter on the floor in front of me and set the canvas before her. She started to press on the paint with her hands, squishing it around in the bag and spreading the paint across the canvas.
A couple times I helped her spread the paint to the edges. I wanted the canvas to be colorful, without many white spots of blank canvas left showing through. When she was done spreading the paint around, the canvas was so pretty! I just love the pictures of us below, right after we finished working on her painting together.
After we were done, I took the canvas away, still sealed in the bag. I was able to put away the disposable tablecloth still clean, since paint didn’t get on anything. I didn’t want to smear the canvas too much when pulling the bag off, so I ended up cutting along two sides of the ziploc bag so that I could pull it up and off the canvas. Then I set it on an old paper grocery bag to dry.
After it dried, I was able to display the canvas on the wall. We had so much fun with this activity, and I enjoyed how easy and mess-free this project was. I love that this painting can be displayed, so every time I see it I can remember making my baby’s first no mess painting on canvas.
I felt this activity was safe for my child, but every parent needs to make that decision for themselves and their children. I was with my daughter the whole time, sitting right behind her. Of course, I would never leave a child unattended during this activity or let my child play with a ziploc bag, paint, or a canvas. This fun sensory experience requires close supervision.
What colors will you use to make baby’s first painting?