Saturday, 3 March 2012

Baby's first art class

In case you hadn't guessed I'm quite into art and crafts so I've been trying to think of a way to give Henry a little art activity to try out.

At 5.5 months he's still too young for food (I'm paranoid about the risk of food allergies fter the problems Freddy had as a baby) so I didn't want to try those edible paints just yet so I devised a little paint frame for him to play around with.
I have seen this kind of thing before when you see a plastic food bag with paint stuck to a table for children to squish around.  I haven't tried it out yet but I wanted something a bit more portable for this so that we could hold it up to windows, put it on a light box, stand on it and keep it for a few days.

To make it just cut two frames from a cardboard box and wrap them with cling film about 6 times - I wanted quite a thick layer.  I used duct tape (my new favourite item) around the edges.
 Squirt a paint pattern onto one of the frames.
 Then cut 4 strips of cardboard to help separate the frames.....
 and stick them onto the painted frame only.
 Then just stick the two frames together with more tape and give to a baby!
Linked up with the wonderful Living Montessori Now.


  1. That is a lovely idea, I may have to try for my little one (she is 9 months so a little older). I've done some hand printing with her, but of course she doesn't really get to play with the paint because I wash it off before she eats it! I love painting with my oldest, so this is a good way for her to get involved at the table.

    1. I hope your daughter likes it as much as Henry did. It's now 1 week after we did this and the paint is still squishy inside and not dried up so it has been used over and over again. I know what you mean about getting them both involved - it can be hard to find something for both of them to do at the same time.

  2. I have some of these stuck to our window right now that the boys can play with anytime! I have photos up on my personal fb but haven`t gotten them on the blog yet.

    Another first art project that is good for kids {if they don`t mouth things much} is some collage materials and some contact paper. Noah still enjoys doing this type or art project but unfortunately Shion still just tries to eat everything!!

    Shion is ready for some edible finger paints though...or even a yogurt painting {Noah did this early on too} but I have never made paint before. Time to get some corn starch perhaps?!

  3. Oh I meant to add- mine are in ziplock bags taped to the window/glass door!

  4. Hi Lulu,
    Oh yes those contact paper collages are absolutely perfect for Freddy too because even at 26 months he still puts everything in his mouth so even using pens and paint can be tricky. He always tries to drink the water from the brush cleaning pot too!!
    Off to buy some contact paper (which I assume is 'sticky back plastic' in England?

  5. What a wonderful idea! So few art activities work well with babies, and I love your creativity in preparing this one! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

    1. Thanks Deb! As usual your site provides a lot of inspiration :)


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