I can’t get enough of water beads. They are creepy, fun and full of possibilities. This morning while snuggling up to a still sleeping Aodhan, I happened upon this post by MamaSmiles and I immediately hopped out of bed (ok, more like crept like a stealthy thief to ensure my sleeping creature did not stir), and grabbed one of the massive ziplock bags my mama is always sure to send us home with (usually filled with amazing treats like vegan pumpkin bread), some paint, shampoo, some glitter and my trusty duct tape.

I got to work constructing a No Mess Finger Paint station on Aodhan’s art table when my eyes spotted our tub of Water Beads and a light went on – I just had to add Water Beads to our painting fun. I started a whole new bag, adding green paint, more glitter, a little bit of shampoo and a titch of water.

By now my little love nugget had joined me in my mad preparations and was so lovely to wait and let me get him set up. But, once we were ready to rock (with the two bags side, by side on the table, he went to town). He had so much fun trying to squish the water beads!

Some of the things he painted/pretended:

  • an ocean scene
  • ocean creatures
  • letters
  • numbers
  • shapes
  • hand prints
  • moving the paint/goop around the bag
  • running different items over the bag to see the effect it had on the paint

I took the advice from the original post and made sure I had some white paper behind the bags to help the “paintings” stand out.

This activity was ahhhhmazing and I am leaving the paint-only bag on the table for a while to see what else happens. I am a big lover of mess, mess and more mess – but I really appreciated the chance to be creative without thinking about how I was going to hose the kitchen, my kid and myself down before we could get out the door.

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6 Responses to No Mess Finger Painting with Water Beads

  1. I love the idea of adding water beads – what an easy way to enhance the texture!

    So glad you tried and enjoyed this activity!!!

  2. Ohh this is a great idea – we did colour mixing in the ziplock bags also inspired by Mamasmiles :D – now I’ve got to try the water beads to paint with. I call it our no mess – messy fun for keeping J entertained whilst I make dinner.

    Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week.

  3. Fabulous. I have seen a few of these no mess painting ideas and think they are brilliant. We really want a go at this! Great idea to add the beads too.

    Thanks for linking to Family Frolics

  4. Fun fun fun! And great that it is no mess!
    Thanks for sharing on Kids GeT Crafty!


  5. Carla says:

    This is such a great idea! I love the water bead variation! Thanks for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday!

  6. We love water beads, and by we, I mean mommy too! This is a great idea! I can’t wait to try it for Jewel. Finally, a safe way fo her to play with water beads. Thanks for sharing with Tuesday Tots!

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