Being messy is part of the fun of being a toddler. Here's a great way to let toddlers explore fingerpainting that is easy to clean up. These are some photos of my then 16 month old daughter making a creative mess. She was a little hesitant at 1st, but then seemed to enjoy it quite a bit!
Fingerpainting with Toddlers
Place your toddler in a high chair wearing a bib or art smock. Add a blob or two of paint onto the tray. I added two primary colors so when she mixed it, it didn't turn into a yucky brown or gray color.
Kid-friendly art supplies tend to be washable and well worth the easy clean up in exchange for my kids crafty experiences.
There was a serious look on her face almost the whole time as she explored what was in front of her and what was gooped up on her hands. I could tell she was amused by the feeling of the paint! She experimented by rubbing her hands together and patting the paint on the tray.
After awhile, I gave her a piece of paper to also experiment with and do some 'Pat Painting'- a great sensory activity for her age!
I love creative messy play and never worry too much about it! Here are a few ways to turn their 'messy artwork' into something more: Father's Day card with poem, glue-watercolor resist art, and painted newspaper art.