Cling film art is an easy, no mess art idea for kids. It is fascinating for little children as they can't quite work out why they aren't getting messy as they squeeze and merge the paint with their fingers. Toddlers and preschoolers will love using this painting technique to create their own piece of unique artwork. Babies as young as 6 months will enjoy joining in with this fun painting activity.
Scroll down to see a video of this activity in action.
You will need: (affiliate links)
- Canvas (UK link/ US link) or card
- Paint (UK link/ US link)
- Cling film (UK link/ US link)
- Tape (UK link/ US link)
Cling film art
Start by squeezing paint onto your card or canvas in your chosen colours. I like to pick 2 or 3 colours to work with. Carefully cover your paint with some cling film and wrap it around the card or canvas. Tape the cling film in place.
TIP- Adding a second layer of cling film over the paint will help to prevent any holes being made in the cling film by extra eager children.
Now get squashing, squeezing and merging the paint with your fingers or hands! This part is so much fun! Harry started really carefully with his finger tips but quickly got into spreading the paint over the canvas with his whole hands.
Once he had finished he decided he wanted to do it again. We took the cling film off, squirted on some more paint, added a new piece of cling film and off he went again.
Daisy loved being involved in this activity and I didn't have to worry about her trying to put the paint in her mouth.
When we had finished painting we carefully removed the cling film and left our paintings to dry.
I love our new wall art. It would be fun to try out different colour combinations. I love the bright colours used by Arty Crafty Kids. Take a look at how they did this activity on card instead of using a canvas.
Harry: Age 3
Daisy: 6 months
Video - Daisy aged 2
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