Friday, 27 February 2015

Cling Film Art

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. 

Easy painting ideas for kids. Cling film canvas wall art. No mess painting for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
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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. 

Easy painting ideas for kids. Cling film canvas wall art. No mess painting for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Easy painting ideas for kids. Cling film canvas wall art. No mess painting for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

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.

Easy painting ideas for kids. Cling film canvas wall art. No mess painting for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

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. 

Easy painting ideas for kids. Cling film canvas wall art. No mess painting for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Daisy loved being involved in this activity and I didn't have to worry about her  trying to put the paint in her mouth.


Easy painting ideas for kids. Cling film canvas wall art. No mess painting for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

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. 


Easy painting ideas for kids. Cling film canvas wall art. No mess painting for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Harry: Age 3
Daisy: 6 months



Video - Daisy aged 2

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