Val’s Crafty Corner: Big Messy Art

Valerie is a Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador
This summertime idea for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our blog ambassador Valerie Deneen.

This is a great activity for just before bath time!   -Val

Recently I invited my kids to get super messy making lots of action-packed art. It was a fun-filled afternoon making lots of memories together, and in my opinion, very much worth the mess!

Melissa & Doug Art Supplies

I thought you might like to grab some painting supplies, and go outside to make some big messy art of your own! We love Melissa & Doug’s Washable Poster Paint Set. It is ideal for this! Also, this is a great activity for just before bath time.

Big Messy Art is fun

Besides the washable paint, you will need some brushes, a roll of paper, and some water. Of course, you will also need plenty of room to explore your wild-and-crazy painting methods.

Now is the perfect time to express your inner rock star!

Big Messy Art

Encourage your child to try various painting techniques — the messier the better!  My kids were delighted to splatter-paint with brushes, finger paint while jumping, and in general make a huge mess!!

Big Messy Art is Awesome

It. Was. Awesome!!!

Big Messy Art is Something to Jump Up and Down About!

The paper can be used to wrap presents, cut up and made into cards to mail to family and friends, or saved to cover your child’s schoolbooks in the fall.

Big Messy Art is Beautiful

Have fun exploring messy art (and making lots of memories) together!


Valerie Deneen: Blog Ambassador for Melissa & Doug from InnerChildFun.comValerie Deneen is the author of  Inner Child Fun, where she inspires parents to spend more quality time with their kids, and less money doing it. Inner Child Fun celebrates simple pleasures for all ages—with more than 1,000 frugal and creative projects sure to bring out the “kid” in you too! Follow Valerie on Twitter or say “Hi” on Facebook.