Painting with Baby


This week, Zero to Two:: A Book of Play, launched.  So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite baby play activities to celebrate it’s release.

Earlier this week, Baby E was all over his older brother’s painting, and wanted to paint so bad.  So, I decided to set him up with his own painting activity.

Exploring paint with babies

The invitation was really simple:

Painting with baby

I rolled out a big sheet of white paper and added a few circles of washable paint.   That’s it…super easy.

I put E in only his diaper and let him explore the paint.

Explore he did!

Painting with baby

This isn’t  just “artwork” for baby, but more of a sensory experience.

Painting with baby

He stopped frequently to look at the paint on his hands and feet.

Painting with baby

He felt the cool, wet, squishy feeling of the paint.  Saw the bright colors and how it spread across the paper.

Painting with baby

He seemed to have a good time with it.  He didn’t really laugh or even smile, but he was really focused and paid attention to all the sensations the activity provided.

Painting with baby

Sure, it was a bit messy.  I did allow him to crawl off the paper some.  It was floor mopping day anyway, so I didn’t mind a bit of washable paint on the floor.

Because the paint is washable, washing it off his body was really easy too.

This was a really great activity for him, and something I think I’ll do again.

Need some more play ideas for your baby?  Here’s a whole book of them.  Click the picture to find out more!

Zero to Two::  The book of play for babies and toddlers


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I was a Mental Health Counselor who worked with children and mothers in both individual and group counseling environments before I became a Stay at Home Mom to two boys. I have a Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Family Studies and a Masters in Counseling where I specialized in Play Therapy.

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  1. says

    Hi, I just came across your blog and wanted to know how old your baby is? I’d love to do this with mine but he puts everything into his mouth. Just wanted to know how you handled things like that. Thanks :)

    • Amanda says

      My son is 12 months old. I worried a bit out him putting it in his mouth, but I was there to supervise, and amazingly enough he never once tried tasting it.

  2. says

    Looks like your baby had lots of fun . I loved doing things like this with my babies when they were little great way to let the little ones explore through playing with paint. Your baby is adorable . I wanted to share this paint activity with you that I did with my children I think your baby would love this, too.

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  3. says

    Babies and painting really is a fun experience. Your tip about doing messy activities on a day you are going to clean anyway is a great one! We try to do some messy experiences indoors, but often I try to plan those for outdoor time to ease our indoor clean-up. How fun for your little one to explore! I will have to try this one when my twins are crawling.
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