Every parent knows the joy of hanging their toddler’s first painting on the fridge. However not many babies are still in the womb when they create their first artwork for mum and dad.
A group of expectant mothers in Belgium decided to see if they could give their babies their very first art experience while they were still in the womb.
The women, who were all between 32 and 39 weeks pregnant, took part in the project as part of the Unborn Artists charity campaign to raise money for unborn children in Africa.
It involved dipping a set of brushes into different coloured paints, attaching them to the pregnant women’s bellies and placing a blank canvas beside each mum-to-be.
Next it was time to wait for the unborn babies to start creating art when their movements inside their mother’s bellies directed the brushes to paint.
A YouTube video of the process shows some of the mothers patting their tummies softly in the hope of prompting their unborn artists to move and create.
The results were mixed. Some mums-to-be only got a few dots on their canvas, while the more active babies made more brush strokes.
The Unborn Artists project aimed to raise awareness of the fact many unborn babies in Africa won’t survive their birth because their mothers don’t have access to proper prenatal care.