Baby painting ideas for your little Picasso

Toddler painting

by Emily Gilbert |
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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


My First Crayola Kids Washable Finger Paint1 of 8

My First Crayola Kids Washable Finger Paint

This trio of red, yellow and blue paint easily washes off skin and clothing. The squeezy bottles ensure easy dispensing and the lids are non-drip too.

Tempera Paint2 of 8

Tempera Paint

If you want a wide choice of options, you can't find better than this set of 30 different paint colours which includes neon and glitter. Easy to clean up, they're non-toxic and acid-free.

Maped Color'Peps My First Finger Paints3 of 8

Maped Color'Peps My First Finger Paints

This creamy and smooth textured paint is dermatologically tested so you don't need to worry about their delicate skin as they get stuck in. There are four primary colours in 80g pots with plenty of room to stick their fingers in.

Baker Ross A4 White Card4 of 8

Baker Ross A4 White Card

Card is a must to have in your craft cupboard as a parent and this pack has 50 pieces of white matte card ready for your little one to decorate.

Amaza 2Pcs Kids Art Aprons5 of 8

Amaza 2Pcs Kids Art Aprons

If you are letting your child loose with paint, you'll want to protect their clothes from any mess. This pack of two aprons has long sleeves and three roomy pockets. The velcro design is simple to use and the material can be cleaned easily.

Baker Ross Tablecover6 of 8

Baker Ross Tablecover

Made from thick, wipeable plastic, this splash mat is perfect for protecting your table from paint. Once your little artist is finished for the day, simply wipe and reuse.

Dimensions: 150cm x 150cm

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Paint Brushes7 of 8

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Paint Brushes

These cool paint brushes from Melissa & Doug feature jumbo, easy-to-grip handles to make painting easier for your child. Quick to clean with warm water and soap, you can store them in the included pouch for safe keeping.

Puseky 42 piece painting kit8 of 8

Puseky 42 piece painting kit

This impressive set has 42 different tools for your child's painting journey including an apron, sponge roller brushes, patterns and much more. Designed especially for little hands, it's a lovely kit to get your tot creative.

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