Mess Free Finger Painting for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Mess Free Finger Painting for Toddlers

Good Morning! Today I’m sharing how to do Mess Free Finger Painting for Toddlers. This is perfect for those days when you want an activity that will keep your little one entertained and not require hours of cleanup! Here’s what you’ll need:

Mess Free Finger Painting for Toddlers


  • Masking tape or painter’s tape. 
  • Washable finger paint.
  • Quart sized freezer bag.
  • Optional: A sheet of paper that fits inside the bag.

If you want to keep your little one’s creation, place a piece of paper slightly smaller than the size of the bag inside of it before you follow the next steps! Then, when they’re all done creating, take the paper out of the bag and hang it up to dry.

Pick two or three colors, and put a little bit of paint into the bag in blobs. Try and keep them separated so your toddler can mix them together. Close your bag tightly, and use your masking or painter’s tape to tape all four sides down to the table. I always recommend using freezer bags because they’re stronger, and washable paint just in case your toddler is extra strong. I’ve never had a mishap with this system, but there’s always a chance.

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This is so much fun because they can mix and squish to their heart’s content, and your table and their clothes stay clean. I love doing this project with my 2 year old to get a few quiet moments in the morning!

This is also a great way to have them practice finger tracing their shapes, letters, and numbers.

You can also hang the finished project on the window to create a stained glass look and show them how light can pass through thinner sections of paint, but is blocked by thicker blobs of paint. And don’t forget if you put in a piece of paper to take it out and let it dry to keep their creation!

I hope you enjoyed learning to do this easy and fun toddler art project!

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