Tips for Painting with Infants
- pieces of construction paper (I gather about 6 pieces)
- masking tape
- newspaper or large sheets of butcher paper or packing paper
- high chair and tray or other solid work surface
- dampened paper towels, washable towel or baby wipes
5) Squeeze a teaspoon to a tablespoon of paint onto the paper. Babies do not always understand the idea of dipping their fingers into a container of paint and then transferring the paint to the paper. If the paint is in a container, playing with it may become a sensory activity on its own!
9) You can let the paintings dry by simply using a piece of masking tape to secure the painting to a window until dry. (Any stray paint that gets on the glass will clean right off.) Then hang the painting up on the refrigerator, or attach a label to mark the milestone.
I also included a small photo of the painting experience in a plastic magnetic frame. Then long distance family can see the fun experience too. Painting is a great way for baby to play and learn. It is an outlet for children’s creative energy and allows for a lot of language exposure and interaction.
Enjoy your time at home!
Jenifer Evangelista says
I haven’t thought about this before. I have a baby boy who is 8 year old. If you had any suggestion about painting for my baby i will greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your tips.
Jaimi Erickson says
For 8 year olds you have a lot of options. This post is about babies painting, but for older kids the Preschool Activities page is a good place to look for painting ideas. For most kids, though, a plain piece of paper and some fun washable paints is all you need for them to have a good time. 🙂
Jenifer Evangelista says
I haven’t thought about this before. I have a baby boy who is 8 year old. If you had any suggestion about painting for my baby i will greatly appreciate it.
Love this idea – thank you for sharing Jaimi. My youngest is almost 3 months and the older one is 22 months. This could be an activity for both of them. I am a little concerned about them eating the paint. What kind of paint do you recommend for this activity? Or maybe just not worry about it???
I just saw you recommend “tempera-it” paint in the comments below!
Great idea for sensory play. I love the pictures of paint covered babies….you can tell they loved it!
Thanks, Anne! It really is a fun experience for the babies and a fun memory for us parents!
I'd also love any good recos for paint that's appropriate for babies who like to put *everything* in their mouths! Thanks!
Jacquelyn, I have not had a huge problem with my babies putting the paint in their mouths in excess even though they were pretty oral explorers in their infant stage. They were too fascinated by seeing the paint coloring the paper to think about eating it, but I would use just a small amount and if you use tempera paint as I did, just be sure the label says "non-toxic". I teach through the project by saying, "Paint goes on the paper and not in your mouth." The whole activity goes so quickly that it might not be a problem. If you are really concerned, there are edible homemade paints out there and a Google search should list those for you. I hope that is helpful!
Tiffany B. says
What kind of paint do you suggest I use? My son is 10 months old and he puts everything in his mouth, so I worry about the paint. Thank you for all of these wonderful ideas!
Tiffany, I use tempera-it is non-toxic and I use the experience to teach that the paint is not to be eaten. Be sure to check the label to be sure it is non-toxic. There are edible paints that can be homemade, but I have not used them. I have not had a problem with either of my older two putting the paint in their mouths beyond the accidental touching the face. Try and see if it's a problem. Some kids are more oral than others. I hope that helps and have fun!