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Materials - Painting in a Bag

Gather Materials

Large plastic tray or tablecloth
Zip-top freezer bag
Tape
Finger paint, hair gel, corn syrup, or other gooey liquids*
*Use non-toxic liquids that will wash out if your child gets them on his hands or clothes

Steps

  1. Use your large tray/tablecloth to make a play surface for this activity.
  2. Place a quarter size of finger paint or liquid of choice in the freezer bag. Then, seal the top closed, allowing air out.
  3. Tape the top of your freezer bag with your tape. You may want to double bag it.
  4. Give your toddler the bag. Allow your child to explore how it feels.
  5. Talk about what she sees as she draws on it with her finger. Show her how to make letters and shapes.

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

Infants
1-year-old
  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
Toddlers
18-months-old
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
Preschoolers
2-years-old
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

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Use of the materials described above are done so at your own risk and any children interacting with these materials should do so only under close adult supervision.

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