Mess-Free Art: Stained Glass Window Painting

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With spring in full force and the sun finally making an appearance, now is the perfect time to break out this classic mess-free art activity. The kids will love the way the light shines through their “stained glass” window paintings and you’ll love how clean they stay while making them. This project is also super simple to set up, making it ideal for spring break if you find yourself running out of ways to keep the little ones happy.

To set up, have the kids pick a few tempera paints in their favorite colors. Then fill a gallon-size resealable bag with several generous squirts. We went with two colors per bag but you can always do more.

The last step is to seal up the bags and use painter’s tape to secure them to a window. At this point the kids can get to color blending and tracing pictures in the paint. Younger children will probably prefer finger painting.

Older kids may want to use paint brushes, cotton swabs, or whatever else you can conjure up.

You can leave the colorful canvases up for several days at a time and, just like real stained glass, one of the best parts is seeing how the look changes as the sun rises and sets throughout the day.

Photo Credits: Stephanie Morgan

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