Art Is Messy!

Ribbon Painting!

I’ve been waiting to do this art project for ages, I have used yarn with awesome results in the past but didn’t have any handy. I was prepared to do a project myself a long side my son , but as it turned out he was able to do it with no help! I must warn you , it was messy!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need paper, paint, a plate for the paint and ribbon , yarn or string.
  2. Cut a short piece of ribbon for your child, the younger the child the shorter the ribbon, the longer it is the harder it is to control.
  3. Pour some paint on the plate .
  4. Dip your ribbon in the paint and then touch your ribbon to the paper. I was shocked at how my son caught on fast, of course the ribbon went into his mouth a bunch too.
  5. Add another color!
  6. Keep going until the mess becomes too much or your little one has had enough! We stopped when paint made it onto the eyebrows!
  7. Just a note about art activities like this- something I always try to do is allow my son to pick out his own paint colors, today he picked orange and yellow and I added in pink since he has been having a hard time recognizing pink , so this was a fun time to reinforce it!


I thought this song about pigs in the mud was fitting after such a messy art project!

Three Little Pigs

Three little pigs rolled in the mud,
Squishy , Squashy felt so good,
The farmer took one pig out,
Oink oink oink, the pig did shout!

Continue with 2, 1

No little pigs rolled in the mud,
They all looked so clean and good,
The farmer turned his back and then,
All the little pigs rolled in the mug again!


” Action Jackson” by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan is a great book not only about Jackson Pollock but also about how an artist goes through the artistic process, their influences and what their life is like. This book is perfect for older children but my son loved looking at pictures and Jackson Pollock’s dog! I would suggested this for anyone with budding artists!

” Painting with Picasso” by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober is a sweet little board book and only one in a series of “Mini Masters” by the authors. This book and all in the series will introduce your child to famous art work in their own home or stroller because they travel well too!


  1. Qudsya says

    wow thats so exciting and i also enjoy ur poems esp the videos :) u look as cute as a kid !!!
    by the way may i know how old is ur lil one coz mine is 20 months old and watches the sesame street all the time (she loves the abc song) but i havent started her to proper letters like u guys do so was just wondering what would be the apropriate time to start it … I dont want to push too hard u know.

  2. Allie says

    Moziesme – noodles ! I love that idea! What a fun way to keep a child buy while cooking pasta too!

    Sandy- I am a sucker for messy things too.

  3. Sarah says

    Just wanted to tell you I love your site. A friend told me about it and I’ve done several of your ideas. I love how easy and simple they are using things we already have. and also, I love how kid-centered everything is with no extra fuss. So creative- I love it!

  4. Victoria says

    Love the ribbon painting idea. I have a 3 year old so I am excited to find your blog. I will be back often to see what you are up to!

  5. raineroxx says

    Just wanted to say I LOVE the site…i run a home daycare so there are some really great ideas for me on here…thanks for the fun ideas :)

  6. I Am Nacho Mama says

    My 3-year-old daughter who was in the other room heard me playing the video of the three pigs song. She says, “Awwww, I love that song.”

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