So, you’re raising a little artist (or two, or three…), and you love the way she paints, draws, sculpts, paints her nails, and does her play makeup. The only problem is, there’s all that post-art cleanup to be done. You’re all about encouraging your kids to express themselves, but you’re not all about the mess. We get it. So, give yourself a break and your kids a blast with our ideas for mess-free body art play time.
1. Stick-On Nail Art
Sure, your daughter loves to paint her nails (as do you), and you guys love to do mani-pedis together. The only problem? I know from experience that it is the rare toddler or young child who can sit still, not touching anything long enough for her nails to dry. I’ve had toddler nail polish end up smeared on the carpet or a blanket, or the couch enough times to know that no muss, no fuss press-on nail art could be a savior.
That’s why our cool kits, like The Emoji Movie 4 Pack Nail Polish with Nail Stickers and Carrying Case, are so versatile. You can side-step clean-up altogether by just going for these saucy little emoji stickers on their own for a complete nail look. Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, you have the option of busting out the paints and trying to make it through dry-time without any mishaps, then topping off the looks with a bit of stick-on flair. Which brings us to our next tip.
2. Speed-Up the Drying Process for No More Smears
It’s hard for anyone, let alone your mini-me, to leave their fingers still long enough for the perfect manicure polish to harden and dry. You can bribe or distract them, but some of that pretty nail polish still might end up in their hair, on their school clothes, or on your furnishings. Yuck. That’s why many of our new nail and beauty kits come with a miniature, spa-inspired nail dryer to help speed things along and keep her interested since it’s one more way to make the experience seem special.
3. Temporary Tattoos
It’s raining or snowing outside, and the kids are stuck inside. You’ve had your fill of wrangling messy art projects and complicated toys with a million pieces to get back into the box. What’s the next thing to keep your kids away from their screens? Temporary tattoos. Some are sparkly, some are edgy, and some are both. All you need is a bit of water for application, and the only clean-up is tossing the empty paper backing in the recycling. The Trolls DIY Glitter Tattoo Set is particularly cool because after you’re done with all the tattoos, you’ll still have two sparkly pots of body or craft-approved glitter to use. And if anyone in your family loves the new movie, Coco, kids of any gender can get into these rad Day of the Dead themed Coco tattoos.
Arts, crafts, and dress-up time don’t always need to mean extended clean-up time. With a bit of ingenuity, some well thought-out planning, and a couple of Townleygirl tricks up your sleeve, you can encourage their artistic side, will maintaining your sanity.