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Mess Free Painting! - alice & amelia
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Mess Free Painting!

There is probably nothing new to you about mess free painting but thought I would share this with those of you who grimace every time I do an activity which involves mess which is quite a lot.

So here is one for those of you that like to keep it clean… 

Plastic Wallet Painting.

It’s as simple as getting a plastic wallet putting the paper in, squirting in some paint and cello-taping the end up!

We also added a few bits into some of ours to get extra texture such as lolly sticks but the best were those silver balls that you normally top cakes with as these moved around really freely and were great for added sensory. 



Amelia used a mixture of her hands to push and move the paint around and a paint brush so that it felt like real painting. She also without my prompting but them on the floor and stamped on them and curled her toes up on them. She was quite shocked when she first touched it and looked to see her hand was clean.


Mess Free Painting

She played for about 30minutes which I think is great and there was no clean up…horrrayyy!

I’ve seen these done a lot before and sometimes people wrap the paper in cling film but its not something we’ve experimented with before and I’m glad we gave it a go. We will definitely be doing this again and maybe experiment with some different textures inside the wallet. 

This would be a great one to do with a much younger baby for sensory play or for the age when EVERYTHING goes in the mouth as there is no worry about paint being eaten here. 

Don’t overfill as the plastic wallet can become saturated and small amounts of paint will seep out, also make double sure its taped up securely as you don’t want any accidents. 

Thankfully we didn’t as it could have been a disaster…white jumper, brand new table and chair EEK!


Let me know if you give this a go or have done something similar yourself!

Thanks for reading! xx






  1. MyLifeMyLove
    22nd February 2015 / 10:39 pm

    Oh my goodness… How have I never seen this idea before?? I bloomin love it! I hate the mess of painting and I feel guilty for hating it so this is fab! Will definitely let Lola have a go at this. Thanks for sharing and such gorgeous piccies. Xx

    • aliceyoung8
      22nd February 2015 / 10:41 pm

      I know it’s soo simple isn’t it. I’ve seen it done before but never given it ago until now and think it’s one that will be used over and over! Yay hope you have fun doing it, will keep an eye out for some pics! Xx

  2. 22nd February 2015 / 10:26 pm

    Wow! Great idea, but you can’t beat messy play

    • aliceyoung8
      22nd February 2015 / 10:28 pm

      No you definitely can’t. We do lots of that just one for when we don’t want to get messy! 🙂

  3. 23rd February 2015 / 12:16 pm

    Wow three kids later and i only learn about this now?!?

  4. 24th February 2015 / 8:43 am

    What a great idea. I love the inclusion of the silver cake decorating balls 🙂

  5. Heather Collingwood - Mummy Collingwood
    24th February 2015 / 1:27 pm

    I don’t have a problem with messy activities at all. For me, it’s the time taken to prepare for activities and clear up all the mess afterwards that sometimes puts me off doing things like painting. It’s especially tricky with a baby and sometimes you can spend ages preparing activities for them to only be engaged for a few minutes before they get fed up. This is so simple and easy. I’ve done painting in zip loc bags before but never thought of using a plastic wallet! X

  6. 24th February 2015 / 8:09 pm

    I love this! I have done it with the children at school but have never thought of adding things to give it a sensory aspect too. I definitely need to try this with Sophie! I think the fact Amelia’s white jumper survived shows what a success this was! Thanks for linking up to #playathometuesdays. x

  7. 28th April 2015 / 1:04 pm

    We will definitely try this! I’ll try and take some photos and do a post about it and link it to you xx

    • aliceyoung8
      28th April 2015 / 6:10 pm

      Yes please let me know if you do!!! Such a easy one x

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