Kids love to get messy and you hate messes? This is the activity for you!
Paper taped to the bathroom walls, a bit of tempera paint in containers, paint brush and GO! Takes about two minutes to set up. (I also clean out anything in the tub I don't want painted).
Teaching bonus: Extra colour practice! I place the bowls out on the counter and ask Noah which colors he'd like in each bowl.
Place the kiddo in the tub diaper only (or naked) and let them go for it! They WILL paint themselves and other surfaces and that's ok! They are in the tub!
Extra Activity: Pull the art work off the wall (I tape it high up in my hallway out of reach to let dry, then recycle) and turn on the water with a slow trickle for extra fun! Now its a water activity! Use the paint brush and water to now paint all the surfaces that got painted beyond the paper (we know they'll all do it haha) and now they are "cleaning up" painting the paint off!
Clean up: I do an extra spray down with the retractable shower hose and then if were both up for it, I draw him a bath (another activity!). This right before nap time is perfect! Snuggle him all warm and usually get a great nap after!
Click the picture for links for purchase (the bowls are dollar store but found something similar on Amazon for what I use).