May 18, 2010

Finger painting

Who doesn’t love finger painting? It’s a great opportunity to develop fine motor skills and encourage children to explore textures. I love sensory experiences for all ages.

Traditional finger painting is simple and fun – using fingers and hands to spread paint onto paper.

A fun twist is to add different textures to the paints. You can add sand or rice to add a different feel to the paint. By adding flour to the paint it becomes a lot thicker. If you water down the paint it becomes sloppy.

This is an activity I did with toddlers. Because it was the first time they had used textured finger paint we were just using it as a sensory experience rather than creating a finished artwork.

I always find it interesting to watch children explore the textures for the first time – some love it straight away - others are a bit confused.
It’s also interesting to see if children use the different textured paints in different ways when painting.

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Melissa said...

I'd never thought to add sand or similar to finger paints before. Great idea :)

Debi said...

I'm with Melissa -- adding sand or rice to the usual finger painting would let it take on a whole new dimension. Thanks for sharing the idea!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

I must admit I have never thinned down the paint for sloppy fingerpainting, must give that a try.

Erin said...

It's such a simple idea, but causes great reactions :)