Water Painting – Mess Free Toddler Activity


Water Painting is a great sensory activity for toddlers. It’s so simple, didn’t cost me anything, entertained Ollie and best of all there was no cleaning up afterwards! 

Ollie loves scribbling with coloured crayons but I wanted to try something a bit different today so he doesn’t get bored of doing the same activity all the time. I’m not ready to let him use paint as he’s in a phase of throwing EVERYTHING he gets his hands on at the minute! So I decided to let him do some mark making with water instead. 

Mark making allows children to practice and develop the physical skills they will need for writing in the future. It also allows them to use their imagination and express themselves creatively. 

I found some coloured paper and blue tacked it to the tray of Ollie’s highchair so it wouldn’t move around. I then wet a paintbrush and handed it to Ollie to let him investigate. He liked feeling the wet bristles and then decided to put it on the coloured paper. When he realised it was making a mark on the paper he got really excited and wanted to keep doing it.

When the brush was dry I re-wet it for him. After watching me do this he wanted to try for himself. This is good for developing his co-ordination and practising those all important skills he uses to feed himself. 

Such a simple activity but it definitely held Ollie’s interest for a while, we will definitely be doing this one again!

For another fun activity without the cleanup, try mess free painting – check it out in the Kid’s Activities section. 

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