Aaliya really enjoyed this simple but fun activity at her play group.
To create this: All you need to do is get a stick of some sort/dowel and add velcro (hard part) to the stick. Take one long line of hard velcro and glue it on to the stick/dowel.
Then glue on some soft velcro to the back of some plastic animals.
Place in a bucket.
Hang the dowel somewhere. You can lay it on two couches or two coffee tables.
Your child will love hanging the animals up!
After this activity Aaliya sponge painted on a frog which was literally a three minute activity but she was so proud of her work.
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.