This tactile activity has many benefits for children of all ages! Younger kids will develop fine motor skills, colour recognition and see how mixing colours creates different results. Older kids can focus more on creative detail and developing their artistic techniques.
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Kids could try using their arm to smooth the paint out on paper before adding more intricate details using their fingers and hands!
About the activity
Finger painting is often the first painting experience for young children. The mess is insignificant compared to what this tactile learning experience can offer your kids – just have an old towel ready. You could start by putting a few different coloured blobs onto a piece of paper, and helping children to smear it into a rainbow shape. Press a paint-covered hand on to a clean piece of paper and create handprints. These handprints can become keepsakes or made into inventive pieces of art, such as flowers or animals, by adding stalks or eyes. The same can be done with feet, two footprints (swapped over from left to right) make great butterfly wings.
Finger painting can be really detailed and show a beautifully layered and colourful scene. Introduce kids to the work of famous finger painter Iris Scott as inspiration! Think clouds in the sky, autumn leaves falling from a tree, or drops of water in a waterfall. Painting with your fingers will bring you closer to your artwork. You could also try painting on an oversized piece of paper to make a truly giant masterpiece!