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!
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 and I was amazed at how vivid the finger paint colors were. I was also very happy with the texture of this paint!
I haven’t tried this recipe but it looks great.
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.
Feel it with your hands.
Paint it on your body.
Watch out! The finger paint monster is here!
Mix, experiment, and create.
Cover your cars with paint before you wheel them through your painted road.
Watch your brother and think, “Woah, is he crazy? What is he doing?! Does he know how messy he is getting!?”
Try to see what all the fuss is about. Get messy too!
Sing a bit, it helps make prettier pictures.
Look with amazement at the beauty of the “mess” and pat yourself on the back on an activity done well.
My kids love to paint.Â They are always willing to get messy and use their imagination.
After we got our new Melissa & Doug easel last week the kids have been asking me everyday to do some painting. It has been freezing here in South Africa so I waited for a nice warm day.
This was definitely an open ended art activity. I did not guide them in anyway. I just put their materials in front of them, added paint to the cups, and allowed them to match the brushes and tops to their paints.
I sat back…watched… and took pictures while they giggled…experimented… and created.
Aaliya rocked back and forth from side to side while her paint brush touched her paper and painted.
On the left is Aaliya’s finished painting.I love hands with paint all over them. It’s like proof of fun.
Here is Deen’s finished painting.
And my kiddies hands when they were done.
I had fun. They had fun.
When I posted these pictures on my blog my heart had fun.
To see more of our open ended art ideas click here
or for some of my favorites click below:
Painting With Colored Ice