Do you remember finger paints when you were small? I remember having little pots of paint, the cool semi-gelatinous texture, and a distinctive smell, not unlike play-doh. I was five years old.
Finger painting is a wonderful way to introduce little ones to making art. They have better control of their own fingers than they do a paint brush, and helps them to build a muscle memory of the way certain objects are formed in two dimensions. Finger painting is an excellent way to re-enforce letter and number formation. It is also a wonderful way to teach children to mix colours.
As they get a little more advanced, finger painting can be a useful introduction to early figure drawing.
Of course, the extent of wonderful artistic activities is only limited by your imagination. We’d sure love to see what you and your children make with your finger paints!
- 1 c. cornstarch
- 1 c. grated soap (we use plain olive oil soap or goat’s milk soap)
- 3 c. water
- 1T. glycerine or white sugar
- food dyes (we use India Tree plant-based food dye)
- wooden spoons
- 3 flip-top squirt bottles
- paint pallets
- pad of large art paper
These finger paints can also be used in the bath! Since they are soapy, they are also washable. Lovely!