2 ways your kids can use a plastic bag to fingerpaint without the mess #How-To & DIY#art#diy#lil kids January 24 | Guest post by Tammy All photos by Tammy. A lot of kids loooove fingerpainting, which I think makes sense — it is a fun sensory experience. Most kids enjoy squishing paint through their fingers and getting messy. Although I have to confess, I'm not always up for the mess fingerpainting creates. Mess-free fingerpainting is perfect for those days when you don't have time to clean up messy kiddos! I found this great fingerpaint recipe and I had to give it a try. I love homemade recipes that work as well or better than their store-bought counterparts. This recipe was easy to make and the perfect consistency. It made the perfect amount to fill three half-pint mason jars. Ziploc painting is all over Pinterest. I thought I found the perfect fun mess-free painting solution! This colorful bag of paint is the perfect way to work on color mixing. Kids will be amazed when they create a new color. What you need: mess-free finger painting A heavy-duty Ziploc bag Fingerpaint Wide tape How you do it Place two colors inside the Ziploc, remove all the air and seal tightly. Tape over the seam just to make sure you will have no accidental opening of the paint bag — I placed a white paper under our bag and then taped everything to the table to keep the bag from slipping around. The kiddos loved squishing the paint, but they were disappointed when I told them that they were not creating a "painting" that they could hang on the fridge. My perfect mess-free experience was not so perfect in the kids' eyes. So I had to create another mess-free painting experience that would produce fridge worthy art. Here's the information for that: What you need: mess-free finger painting with results A large sheet of paper Finger paint Plastic wrap A toy car How you do it Have the kiddos scoop finger paint onto their paper. Place a large piece of plastic wrap over the entire paper. Tape all the edges of the plastic wrap to the paper, making sure to carefully seal every edge. Once everything is sealed, your little one is ready to start painting. No need for the car to go through the car wash after this painting, and the kids loved the tracks the wheels left behind. Once your little one is finished painting, simply remove the tape, and discard the plastic wrap. You will be left with a beautiful masterpiece. He got his painting, and I had no mess to clean up. This is definitely an activity that we will be revisiting! Happy mess-free painting! Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Tammy My name is Tammy. I love spending time being creative and encouraging my kids to be creative as well. http://www.housingaforest.com PREVIOUS Friends are the family I've chosen for myself NEXT Co-sleeping families: are your older kids able to go to sleep without you? Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] I love this mess-free option! I am big on using sensory ideas in the house, and this is perfect. I've let the boys use monster trucks and small cars with paint on canvas before, creating gifts for friends. This is a good alternative just for fun. Reply You could always take a photo of their ziplock bag squished paint to record the memory, like you would if they created a great play dough sculpture or a wonderful construction of wooden blocks Reply I wonder if there is a more eco-friendly way to do this project. I'm guessing wax paper wouldn't be quite the same. 1 agrees Reply EcoSafe GKL032195-1 2-1/2-Gallon Compostable EcoBio Bags, maybe? I haven't used them before, but the reviews say they start to break down pretty quickly. Reply I think this would have been great for me as a kid. I was freakin' terrified of finger paints:p Really I was afraid of paints in general, and hated getting them on my hands (I think I was never convinced the color would ever come OFF my hands again). So being able to "finger paint" without getting any paint on my hands would have been great. 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.