It was a nice warm sunny day in the middle of winter. My kids looked out of the window, they ventured on to the balcony, and then it was decided.
It was PAINTING time!
It is no secret that we are an arts and crafts loving family. We look for any reason to finger paint (even if its not a finger painting activity.) Lucky for my kids we have tried butterfly fingerpainting, hand painting, finger painting and even the messier shaving cream painting (SO MUCH FUN!)
While we have found many reasons to finger paint I haven’t tried to make homemade finger paints before because I was worried that the food coloring would stain my kids hands (it didn’t). I used a finger painting recipe from the Itty Bitty Bookworm curriculum (we love this curriculum!) and I was amazed at how vivid the finger paint colors were.
Here is the homemade recipe from the Itty Bitty bookworm curriculum:
2 cups flour
2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups cold water
2 cups hot water
Method: Mix the flour and salt. Add the cold water. Beat until smooth. Gradually add the hot water and boil until clear. Beat until smooth. Divide the mixture and add the food coloring of your choice.
Here is another recipe: I haven’t tried this recipe but it looks great.
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If you would prefer to purchase finger paint instead so that you have it on hand whenever your kids want to finger paint I recommend these Washable Finger Paints from Discount School Supply but if you need a smaller quantity and prefer to order from Amazon these are pretty good too.
Benefits of Finger painting include:
- It is an excellent tactile experience.
- It stimulates your childs senses. (Touch/feel, sight, smell, edible finger paint= taste)
- The mixing of colors teaches your child about their colors and how to create new colors
- It allows them to use their imagination and create
- It is emotionally soothing (in most cases).
- It strengthens the hand and fingers which helps with fine motor skills.
- Most importantly, it is FUN!
Here’s what you can do with finger paints:
Create a road full of many colors.
Try to see what all the fuss is about.
Get messy too!
Look with amazement at the beauty of the “mess” and pat yourself on the back on an activity done well.
Don’t forget to try my printable butterfly finger paint activity.
and even more full of fun texture… Shaving cream painting!