No-Mess Fingerpaint

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Need a quick rainy day activity to keep the kids entertained while also learning about colors? Try this easy-to-do, no-mess, finger paint sensory bag with your littles today!





Materials You’ll Need

  • Zip Lock Bag
  • Washable Finger Paint
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Window or Table






Step 1: Add Finger Paint



Using washable finger paint, add at least two (2) different colors into a zip lock bag. I suggest using colors that mix together well, such as blue and red finger to make purple or blue and yellow to make green. Feel free to add more than two colors and allow your little to chose some of their own color combinations as well.



Step 2: Seal Bag & Tape to Window



Once you are satisfied with the amount and colors of paint inside the bag, seal the zip lock. Make sure to flatten out the bag before closing and try to get as much air out of the bag as possible before sealing completely to avoid air pockets.  Using painter’s tape (clear packing tape also works well), tape the finger paint filled zip lock bag to a window across the top of the bag.


To further secure your no-mess color sensory  bag (and to make it easier for your child to use their finger to draw pictures into the paint) push as much paint as possible to the center of the bag and tape all sides down.


Step 3: Play


Let your littles explore their no-mess color sensory bags! They can poke, smoosh, smooth, roll toys over, mix, or use their fingers to write letters into their sealed finger paint. No mess, no problem! Remember to talk about the different colors in the bag and how they are mixing together to make new colors.


As this is a no-mess activity and the finger paints is safely contained in the taped zip lock bag, there isn’t a rush to clean up this project. Leave your color sensory bags up all day to allow your child to come back and play again and again. While I think the color sensory bag looks best when taped to a window to let the light shine through, they can also be played with on a table.



fingerpaintPaint will last up to 3 weeks in the zip lock bag, perhaps longer. When ready to take down the no-mess finger paint bag, don’t let the paint go to waste. Push all the paint down into a corner of the bag (like a pastry decorating bag) and cut a small hole on the tip with a scissors. Squeeze out the remaining paint onto a plate and use for another project.



Have you created your own finger paint sensory bag using this guide? Send us a pictures and we’ll share it on our Facebook page!



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