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Friday, September 18, 2009

Fingerpaint - More than just Messy

Fingerpainting with a toddler certainly isn't a new or radical idea. Yes, it's messy, which may be a little stressful for some adults. But the benefits to toddlers are numerous and important.

Fingerpainting allows toddlers to

  • experiment with textures
  • express their own creativity emotional
  • experience sensory details, particularly visual and tactile
  • learn about colors before and after mixing
  • doodle shapes in the paint
  • make prints with hands, feet, elbows, ... appropriate body parts

To make the experience more enjoyable - and less messy - for you, try these suggestions:

Paint outside; you don't even need a table. Just spread newspaper on the sidewalk, pour some paint on a paper plate, and you're ready to go!

Use the highchair. It's a great alternative and keeps the kiddo contained.

Cover up or paint in the buff. There's nothing fun about adding to your laundry piles, so throw on a smock (I hear Ikea has them really cheap.) or one of daddy's t-shirts (My husband still has shirts from college; they are expendable as far as I am concerned!). Warm weather painting can be done in just a diaper - I am referring to your toddler here, not you :)

And remember, fingerpaint is washable, so don't get too bent out of shape about the (potential) mess. Have fun!

Oh, apparently you can Make-Your-Own Finger Paint (imagine that!)... with all the cornstarch you have left over from making Moon Sand :)

Finger Paint Recipe
4 cups cold water
1 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon tempera paint or food coloring
Mix water and cornstarch; cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add paint or food coloring, or divide the mixture into three parts and add three different colors.


Big Mama Cass said...

That looks like a blast!! !

Anna said...

try painting in the bath, strip child naked and let them paint the inside of the tub, then press a piece of paper to the inside of the bath, so you have a pic to show daddy. then shower the child and the bath clean

SupahMommy said...

fun!! paint on a window too.. or sliding door. :) outside...

Chi-town momma said...

Ohhh, love Anna's ideas!!!