Toddler Art (without the mess)

I have to thank my good friend Helen who is also the author of I Dream of Pretty Things for this amazing art project idea.  During some recent rainy weather, I started to panic when imagining full days stuck inside with a super energetic toddler.  We are fortunate to have numerous indoor options here in Houston including the Children's Museum, the butterfly exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, open gyms at various schools and community centers, not to mention the largest mall in Texas.  When it rains in Houston though, it really does pour.  So, I'm building up a stash of ideas for things we can do to keep entertained without having to brave potentially flooded streets and heavy traffic.  

This very simple and easy art project only requires a few basic tools and creates NO MESS WHATSOEVER!  How is this possible you ask?  Thanks to the Ziploc bag, all paint stays completely contained.  You could even throw in some glitter for fun and you would still have clean toddler hands when it's all said and done.  I plan to use these mini masterpieces for upcoming Mother's Day gifts!  Hopefully, Landon's grandmothers aren't reading this...

See below for the step-by-step guide to an instant art piece:

Step 1: Purchase washable finger paint.  I found these primary colors here and figured I could mix them to create secondary colors if needed.

Step 2: Squirt a little bit of each color onto white cardstock paper.  

Step 3: Place the cardstock in a gallon size Ziploc bag and let your little one have at it!  They will love spreading the paint around and mixing the colors and you will love that it all stays in the bag.

Step 4: Carefully remove the cardstock from the bag and allow to airdry.  Your mini masterpiece is complete!