Fun activities to do with a one-year-old – paint bags.

I’m always looking for fun things to do with Olivia when we’re stuck indoors. Something that will hold her attention and isn’t too messy. She’s up at the crack of dawn so the days can feel pretty long.

Paint bags are a super simple activity and can help develop sensory skills too. The fun part is picking out all the pretty colors or just raiding the stash you may already have.


4 or 5 paint colors

a ziploc bag. the size is up to you. just make sure you can seal it tight.

duct tape

paintbrushes (optional)

how to make a paint bag

First of all, I made sure that everything was set up before I put Olivia in her high chair because she can get restless if she’s in there too long. I added a small amount of each paint color to the resealable bag and then used the duct tape to secure it to her high chair. Make sure you get out any air bubbles so there’s no chance the bag can pop and splatter paint everywhere.

That’s really all you need to do. She was very curious when I sat her down and started poking at the bag. I added a paintbrush and showed her how to ‘paint’. She seemed to like that too.

After a little while she was more interested in trying to get the tape up than she was in painting, but it gave me enough time to empty the dishwasher.

For a fun holiday themed variation, we tried this with wooden eggs for Easter and it worked great. Use the same steps, but less paint and you’ll need to cut open the bag when you’re done so that you can get the egg out without getting paint all over your hands. Actually you don’t even need the duct tape because you’ll want your toddler to hold the bag in their hands to let the paint swirl over the egg. We found our eggs at the Target Dollar Spot. I also added some silver glitter to make them sparkle!

Have fun!



  1. Nancy
    April 17, 2019 / 7:50 pm

    Oh. You are so clever. Olivia is lucky to have you as mommy!

    • stacymaeandco
      April 24, 2019 / 11:54 pm

      thank you so much!

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