Painting with Water & Cotton Balls

Painting with water and cotton balls is a fun and mess free twist on a classic toddler activity. It’s also a super easy way to entertain your toddler!

Painting with water and cotton balls is a fun and mess free twist on the classic toddler activity. It’s also a super easy way to entertain your toddler!

Mess free painting for toddlers

Water painting is a classic toddler activity. You can do it with a paint brush outdoors or on cardboard or even on a chalkboard! But painting is always made more interesting when you use different tools to paint.

Check these other fun toddler painting ideas: taste safe painting for babies and toddlers or Mess Free Easter Egg Painting!

As with all activities on Happy Toddler Playtime, adult supervision is required. If your toddler still puts things in his or her mouth be sure to keep a close eye on them during this activity as they may be tempted to suck on the cotton ball filled with water.

Painting with Water

Grab a sheet of blue construction paper. If you don’t have blue dont worry. Use any colour that would turn slightly darker when wet. Red or green is also a great option.

Tape the sheet of construction paper to the floor or highchair using masking tape. Soak a few cotton balls in water and hand them to your little one.

Take one in your hand and start dabbing it on the construction paper to show them what happens.

My twins immediately wanted to dive right in and dab with the cotton ball themselves!!

Mess Free Painting Fun

This was such a fun and easy to set up painting activity. My twins loved dabbing the cotton balls and using their hands and fingers to move the water around on the construction paper. Seeing it change colour was magical for them!

Cotton balls are a great tool to paint or stamp with water. You can also try this activity pom poms instead of cotton balls!

Supplies

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  • Blue, green or red sheet of construction paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Plastic bowl
  • Water
  • Masking tape

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Author: Mandisa Watts

Hello! I'm Mandisa, I'm the founder of Happy Toddler Playtime and author of Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids, The Big Riddle Book for Kids and Super STEAM Activity Book. I'm also the TV host and producer of Curious Crafting. I share fun and easy kids crafts, sensory, learning and STEAM activity ideas for busy parents, caregivers and teachers. I also share fun riddles for kids!

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