Toddler art: painting a hand print rainbow

Little Miss loves getting her hands on paint – quite literally! I must admit, I’m not always a huge fan of messy activities but I do try and put that to one side and indulge her artistic urges once or twice a week. Sometimes the results are better than others but her latest effort turned out particularly well so I thought I’d share it. We like it so much we’ve actually framed it and put it up in the living room! I’ve titled this slightly abstract piece Hand Print Rainbow, for reasons that I hope are fairly obvious to not just her ridiculously proud parents! Read on to find out how we did it and our toddler art essentials.

Hand print rainbow

Making a rainbow…

I can’t say that she didn’t have a little bit of help but much of this painting session’s success came about purely by chance. I’d basically squirted three blobs of paint – red, blue and yellow – onto a piece of paper and had been encouraging Little Miss to make hand prints with it, which she was, of course, more than happy to do. Before I knew it I realised the three colours together were creating a nice rainbow effect, so then I helped Little Miss spread the prints out into a bit of an arc and voilà!

My toddler art essentials…

Crayola Beginnings Washable Finger Paints

Our favourite toddler-friendly paints

Non-spill pots

Essential non-spill paint pots

Prince Lionheart Catch All Floor Mat

The ideal mat for catching both food and paint!

I have discovered a few essentials for painting which make it much easier not to worry so much about the mess. My top find has to be Crayola Beginnings Washable Finger Paints. They come as a pack of three primary colours in handy, non-spill, squeezy bottles. And best of all, the paint is really easy to wipe or wash off skin, surfaces and clothes, just as the blurb promised! In fact I’ve been pretty amazed at just how easy it is to clean up afterwards and even the bright blue paint washed out of a top without leaving any tell-tale traces. We got ours for £5.99 from Sainsbury’s, which is perhaps a bit more expensive than some of the other paints you can get, but I think it’s worth it. And they’re currently on offer for £4.50 on the Hobbycraft website

My other essentials are non-spill pots (we found ours in Tesco), chunky toddler-friendly brushes, a long-sleeved wipe-clean bib and our trusty circular Prince Lionheart Catch All Floor Mat, which we’ve used since we started weaning. So far this kit has protected us – and our cream living room carpet – from the worst paint-related excesses!

If you want a quicker, easier and even cleaner artistic activity, my other recent discovery, via my mum, has been magic painting books. I remembered these fondly from when I was a kid. They’re the ones where you just need water and a brush and when you paint over the picture the colour appears. Perfect for occupying a spare half hour. Only problem is I have to stop myself from doing all the painting as they’re a bit addictive!

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34 thoughts on “Toddler art: painting a hand print rainbow

  1. Nice idea! Its been awhile since we played with colors. Will definitely try it again =)

    • Thanks for popping by. Can’t really take credit for the idea – it happened by chance but I’d definitely try it again, especially once Little Miss starts to get more aware of the different colours. We’ve just started trying to teach her!

  2. Love the artistic activity! My nephew loves to paint…#letkidsbekids

  3. Lovely rainbow, well done to little Miss! I totally agree with all your art essentials.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  4. Absolutely love the results, I can see why you’ve put it up! We haven’t done any finger painting for awhile… Time to do some I think #LetKidsBeKids

  5. Ah thanks – it looks quite good in its silver frame. I’ve seen much worse pieces of art done by adults! Finger/hand painting seems to be the medium of choice here. She’s much less interested in pencils and crayons. Only problem with this is that paint takes so much longer to tidy up!

  6. Lovely rainbow and easy to make also…:)
    Thanks for your visit to my blog. Have a great rest of the week!

  7. looks very good, i think i will bookmark this for the future)

  8. Looks great! Well worth framing, I think!
    Thanks for the paint tip – I’m on the lookout for the boy’s first paints, so may well buy these.

  9. This is a lovely idea, I’m very into rainbows at the moment, I keep using rainbow fabrics in sewing 🙂

  10. Colette B

    What a lovely outcome & great for learning about colour mixing 🙂

  11. Oh I loved those magic painting books when I was younger! I’ve just got one for my son. And that handprint rainbow looks brilliant. I can see why you’ve got it framed 🙂

    • They’re great – I have to stop myself from reliving my youth by doing too much of the painting! Love looking at the framed pic. It always makes me smile.

  12. I remember the days of toddler art…. we made a brilliant Autumn Tree with handprints once! 🙂 #minicreations

  13. what great tips. Love the non spill pots. 🙂

  14. Love the rainbow. May get my youngest to attempt one.

  15. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    Aww this is lovely! It’s nice when you can create something recognisable from their messy play! Lovely idea 🙂 Thanks so much for linking with #creativechallenge xx

    • Yes, always nice to get a picture that actually looks like something. Although pretty sure she had no idea she’d made a rainbow!!!

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  17. Ah those rainbows are so cute! What a lovely idea- one to try on a rainy day 🙂
    x x

  18. Grace says – this is soooooo pretty and thoroughly deserves being framed. Thanks for linking to #minicreations

  19. What an amazing handprint rainbow! I am trying to encourage the artist hiding inside my toddler but I think we still have a way to go, at the moment those sponges are still getting tasted, lol. Thanks so much for sharing #madmidweekbloghop

    • I’m sure that artist will emerge soon. We still have good and not-so-good days with painting. It depends a bit on her mood. We got lucky on the rainbow day!

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