String Painting


Now that Little Feet A has started school, I am quite of stoked to get back to basics with Little Feet B. She is almost 23 months and is into everything. Though she hasn’t yet turned two, the terrible twos have well and truly hit already. I had massively purged this stage from my mind it appears. I am sure that Little Feet A went through them. In fact, now I think about it, I would have been pregnant with Little Feet B at this stage. So naturally, she waited for Little Feet B to be born before her tantrums went nuclear. Little Feet B’s have come early. Since the start of the endless days of school runs, we have not managed to get to school without Little Feet B having a total meltdown. It’s be fun!

Anyway, Little Feet B and I have been exploring the possibilities with it just being us for most the week. So today, we tried some ‘String Painting’. You will find that most toddlers when creating would like to use pretty much everything else other then a paintbrush. Fingers, sticks, pompoms, just to name a few and today, dragging string and paint across a page. It is as simple as that. It is mark making at it’s finest.


An extra bonus to this art activity is that it is good practise for their fine motor skills, in particular the pincher hold. Picking up the string with their forefinger and thumb is an important skill for them to practise at this age.

Even the paint palette looks like a work of art!

Even the paint palette looks like a work of art!

What you will need:

  • Paint palette or paper plate

  • Paint

  • String

  • Scissors

  • Paper


  1. Cut a few pieces of string. Don’t make them too long, I discovered that the longer the string was for Little Feet B the harder it was for her to handle.

  2. Pour out a few colours of paint on to your palette or paper plate.

  3. Place the paper in front of your toddler and demonstrate what they need to do. Just do it a couple of times and then let them take over.

  4. Replenish the paint and string as and when. We had to do this a couple of times at her request!


The final product!