Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Creative Easter with a Young Baby {Painting with Babies}

Hi there! Mummy A from Squishels and Me here again! Daddy J and I created this super-easy Easter masterpiece with our six-month-old for April’s Baby Play Paint theme.

Here’s how in 4 easy steps!

1. Collect your materials.

We used:
Poster paints
2 pieces of white paper
1 piece of coloured card
Double sided sticky tape

I’d also recommend having a damp facewasher or baby wipes close by so you don’t get paint everywhere!

 2. Create the background.

We placed some globs of pink and purple washable poster paints on a piece of card and let Squishels explore. I made sure to give Squishels my full attention to prevent the paint from going near her mouth.

Some babies will really enjoy the sensory aspect of squelching paint through their hands, others will do what they can to eat the paint, others will find new and magical ways to turn every surface in the house a new colour and some may be completely uninterested. Let your baby explore the paint in their own special way.

 3. Create the foreground
To create the foreground we cut an egg-shape out of a piece of card and then wrangled Squishel’s hands to get adorable little handprints.

This bit was actually quite hard. Getting the right amount of paint on Squishel’s hands and getting her to open them was hard! I tried every trick Google could find me to get my baby’s handprints but finally settled on making a mess myself. I pushed paint around my own hands to get the right amount onto Squishel’s hands, then planted handprints all over a piece of paper (which ofcourse she was trying to eat), and then carefully selected the best crafted handprints to cut out.
4. Put it together

Finally we glued the handprints to the egg. Placed double-sided tape all over the back of the egg and stuck it to the background.

That’s it! Now you can stand back and marvel, whilst you wonder where you’re meant to keep baby’s first Easter craft!

This month we are giving away a Grimm's Wooden Heart Rattle. All you have to do is share how your baby plays with paint, for all the fine print click here.

If you liked this you may also like Mess Free Painting. Just click the picture to read all about it!

Please always supervise your infant/child at play.  Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.  You know you're infant/child best, use your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits, behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.

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