Submitted by the staff at Childreach
Fingerpainting is the most basic painting experience for young children. Even the least artistically oriented child will enjoy the thrill of feeling and experimenting with wet, squishy paint. Painting is a wonderful opportunity for you to interact with your child. Pull up a chair and enjoy getting messy!
Fingerpainting encourages children to experiment with textures, colours, shapes, movement and space, and enhances observation skills, fine motor strength, and eye-hand co-ordination. It promotes expressive and receptive language skills when you talk about the basic concepts that they’re experiencing, like “How does that paint feel oozing through your fingers? Is it smooth? Is it slippery?”
Edible finger paint
Pudding, yogurt, whipped cream, and gelatin that hasn’t completely set are paint possibilities. Place a small amount of the “paint” on a baking sheet or a clean table and let the creativity begin!
There are many websites that give great fingerpainting and handprinting ideas:
Books from ECE Resource Library at Childreach
• Art Experiences for Little Fingers – open ended art experiences that help young children explore their world; Sherrill B. Flora & Linda Standke, Key Education Publishing Company, LCC, Minneapolis, Minnesota, ©2005
• Terrific Tips for Toddler Teachers; Gayle Bittinger, Mary Anne Hodge & Jenny Gooper Rose; Totline Publications; Frank Schaffer Publications, Inc., ©1998
• Hand–Shaped Gifts, Handmade Gifts from Little Fingers; Diane Bonica; Good Apple, Carthage, IL, ©1991
• Happy Hands and Feet, Art Projects for Young Children; Cindy Mitchell; Incentive Publications, INC; Nashville, TN, ©1989