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7 Must-have Mess-free Art Supplies for Kids


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7 Must-have Mess-free Art Supplies for Kids | Baby & Beyond

All of the creativity, none of the mess!

I am all for messy play and messy art. It is a sensory experience that enables children to understand how things feel and how they react with each other. It gives them a chance to explore and fosters curiosity and experimentation. But (you knew there was a “but” coming right!) there are days when I just don’t feel like dealing with the mess. I wish he could just be satisfied with crayons and colour pencils, but there’s only so much fun a crayon can be for a toddler. On those days I fall back on these mess-free art supplies that let Baby N unleash his creative side without getting paint all over himself and the furniture.

This is my list of must-have mess-free art supplies for kids:

7 Must-have Mess-free Art Supplies for Kids | Baby & Beyond

1. Magnetic Doodle Board:

This is probably the fourth of fifth time that this magnetic doodle board is getting a feature on my blogs, but that is how much we love it. It is perfect for on-the-go art, while traveling or in a restaurant.

Magnetic Doodle Board

2. Melissa and Doug “My First Paint with Water” Books:

A (relatively) mess-free and super-easy-peasy way to paint and the outcome looks so amazing, N can hardly believe he’s done it himself. All you need is water and one of these paint-with-water books.

Melissa and Doug “My First Paint with Water” books


3. Melissa and Doug “Water Wow” Flash Cards:

Another paint-with-water activity, but this one can be used again and again. The 26 learn-and-play flash cards come with a key ring so they are handy for travel. The chunky water brush is easy to grasp and kids can hardly contain their excitement as they watch the letters and animals magically appear with just a few strokes of the brush.

Melissa and Doug “Water Wow” flash cards

4. Alex Toys Button Art:

Toddlers can ‘colour’ these pictures using the colourful chunky pegs. They learn to match colours while also working on fine motor skills and improving hand eye coordination.

Alex Toys Button Art

5. Camlin Brush Pens:

Get a beautiful water colour effect without the hassle of paints, water, palettes and all the ensuing mess. These brush-nibbed pens are a great idea for a quick painting / colouring activity.

Camlin Brush Pens

6. Wooly Willy Iron Filings Art:

Who remembers Woolly Willy? This was a craze back in the 90’s! I remember having hours of fun drawing funny faces using the magnet wand and iron shavings. I have just ordered this for N and I can’t wait to see all the funny faces he draws with it.

7. Chalkboard:

Chalk is relatively mess-free. Its also fun to paint over the chalkboard with water and then watch the painting magically disappear as the water dries up.


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