Home Activities: Painting with your Baby


July 22, 2020 · Family Today ·

Home Activities: Painting with your Baby

Today’s Family continues to support our families. HOME ACTIVITIES is a new blog series where we share activities and games to keep bodies and brains active while we all practice safe social distancing. Just as we’re sharing these thoughts with you, please share these ideas with your family and friends through social media.

Art or painting is just one way to encourage expression with children. By providing different methods for your child to begin to understand print awareness and mark making, they build on their communication skills as well as creativity.

Ages: Infant

Materials Needed:

  • Washable, Non-Toxic Paint
  • Drop Sheet or Garbage Bags
  • Paper (any kind)


Place a drop sheet or garbage bag on the floor before you start. Have your paints and paper ready, and be sure to have water or wipes nearby as this can get messy very quickly!

Put some paint on the paper and let your child explore. You will find that they may paint on multiple pieces of paper at once, on the floor, and even themselves! The best part is watching your child sit and explore the feelings and textures while they make magical pieces of art!

Mix up baby’s creations by offering other materials. Paintbrushes, cars, sponges, shapes, etc., are great additions to the experience.

What’s Going On?

Expression can occur through children’s bodies beginning at a young age. You will discover that painting is much more than just a simple activity. Painting is a way for children to express emotion, use their senses, explore colour and create pleasing works and fun experiences. Watch a child painting and you will see a fully engaged child.


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