Flynn, my son, just turned 3 months old yesterday and at this age it has been somewhat of a struggle to find ways to keep both him and my wife and I entertained throughout the day while is is awake. I knew there had to be a fun activity that we could do with him during tummy time and that is when I stumbled across this great article about Tummy Time Mess-Free Finger Painting and decided that this would be a perfect art project that is perfect for his age and mobility level.
My wife has her own arts and crafts studio in or house so we had most of the items we needed to complete this project but we didn’t have any paint to use so we went to Michael’s for the paint that we used. We ended up buying a six pack of different colors made by craftology. The were cheap and were a bit watery but ended up serving our need for this project.
Here is a list of materials that you will need for this project –
- 8 1/2″ x 11″ White Paper – Preferably Card Stock
- Non-Toxic Finger Paints
- Large Gallon Ziplock Bags
- A Pair of Scissors
- Masking Tape
This project is pretty straight forward and you may be able to follow along with just the images I used in the image above but here is a list of what we did step by step.
Step One – Location
The first thing that we did was to select an area in our house where it would be easy to get everything set up and would be comfortable spot for Tummy Time / Finger Painting. In our house this ended up being our living room. We recently moved our giant coffee table out of the living room and purchased a small rug from Costco to put there instead. While there is little risk of getting any paint anywhere with this art project we wanted to make sure that if there was an accident that clean up would be fast and easy.
Step Two – Preparation
Now that you know where you are going to do your tummy time finger painting project you can begin preparing each component. Even though all the paint will be enclosed inside a seal-able plastic bag we decided to also put down some newspaper on the rug. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it! Before you start putting paint onto the paper you will want to make sure that the paper that you are using fits inside your plastic bag. We had to trim our down a touch and this is much easier to do when there is not pain on your paper!
Once you know your paper fits into your bag you can begin adding paint onto the paper. Any color combination will work here but I would recommend using a maximum of three colors. Any more than that and it may start to look messy. After the paint is on the paper the next step is to put the paper into the bag and to seal it. Perfection is not a requirement here so just do the best you can placing the paper into the bag and if you get a bit on the plastic so what. Trust me when all is said and done no one will ever know!
Once the bag is sealed all you have to do is to use some masking tape, or in our case painters tape, to tape the bag onto the floor. Once this is done it is time to get your little one in place for some tummy time finger painting.
Step Three – It Is Time To Paint
Now that everything is set up and ready to go it is time to place your little one in a comfortable position so that they can reach the finger paints with little effort. Depending on the age of your child and their comfort level with tummy time you can use a hoppy pillow, place them on the floor or any other position where they are having a good time. My son may have been a bit too young for this excercise because we ended up having to actually lay him on top of the bag. In a moment of great suprise Flynn rolled over for the very first time on top of the painting. We were shocked! We put him back on his stomach to see if he could do it again and without hesitation he did it again! We now had a name for this piece of art, “First Rollover”.
Step Four – Clean Up
Once you are satisfied with how the painting looks all you need to do is to carefully cut each side of the plastic bag until you can easily peel off the plastic to remove the paint covered paper. Once it is removed set it in a careful to place and let in dry.
Now you will have a great piece of art that you can hang on the fridge, put into a scrapbook or put into a safe place where you can look back in it years from now and remember fondly the day where your son or daughter made art together.