This is quite possibly my favourite activity we’ve done to date and it was fairly mess free and provided a whole range of new textures and experiences. We have a big box full of off-cut fabric pieces of all kinds of materials, patterns, colours and textures and I decided to grab a piece, cut a rough canvas out and give it to Lizzie to paint on.
The fabric is fairly thick cotton from an old pair of curtains and we just used some cheap poster paint from Wilkinsons.
I squeezed a few drops of one colour on first and gave Lizzie a roller sponge to work with and left her to it. First the roller went straight in her mouth, as pretty much every new object does – Taste Test! Not quite got the hang of it, but that’s to be expected, she did a lot of bashing with the roller and created some lovely effects: especially after the second colour was added.
The fabric is very absorbent, so with careful use of paint, there isn’t much to clean up with this. Babies hands stay relatively paint free as the material soaks it up as they play, which is perhaps a really interesting first craft to do with your baby if you have a big fear of the mess and clean up after? We do a lot of crafts either on the floor or in her walker at the moment, as she has the little table in front of her to really get stuck in and be independent about how she explores the activities.
Definitely a big fan of using the walker when it’s just Lizzie and I, at least until she’s mobile herself and able to sit confidently without falling over, we only really use the floor when James is here to hold her so I can get some picture of her making art so I can share with you all 🙂
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this finished piece, I love it, it’s too good not to do something nice with, so if you have any suggestions at all, I’m all ears and would love to hear what you would do with it!