Mess Free Painted Turtle

Our toddler loves to paint, but some days we do not have the time or energy to clean up a big painting mess. We love using a mess free method!


  • White Paper
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • A Marker
  • Scissors
  • Green Paint
  • Glue
  • A Plastic Gallon Size Sandwich Bag

We started by folding up the white paper to fit in the plastic bag and then put green paint on the paper. After that, we put the paper into the bag.

We gave the bag to our toddler and let her move around the paint. This is a great sensory experience for little ones! The green shape will be the turtle’s shell. The turtle could come out in pretty much any shape or simply take up the whole paper, but that is just part of the fun!

While we waited on the paint to dry, we cut out four “legs” and a “head” for the turtle. We also used a market to give the turtle eyes.

Once everything was completely dry, we helped our toddler glue on the arms and the head.

The finished turtle was as unique as our toddler!

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