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Super Simple Finger Paint Art Activities For Preschoolers

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Finger paint art activities for kids

Hand over some finger paint, a blank sheet of paper to your toddler, step back and watch. You will be pleasantly surprised to see what happens. She will not only be eager to get into her finger painting activity but will go for it with joy and enthusiasm.

As your toddler’s tiny hands experiment with mixing colours and creating swirls on the page, she won’t just find these painting activities entertaining, but will be busy strengthening and flexing her hands and finger movements, which in turn improve her gross and fine motor skills. Painting Activities allows her to explore her imagination and equally important, gain a sense of independence when she learns to create something of her very own.

Finger painting art ideas are an ideal mindfulness, turning into everyday activity of engrossed togetherness involving plenty of laughter and fun for the whole family. It is a great way to stimulate your child’s senses to experience sensory play, using touch/feel, sight, smell, and sound, when she plays with the paints.

The biggest benefit of finger painting art for preschoolers is the encouragement it gives to a child and improves her cognitive development process. Besides, most toddlers and young children find finger painting to be emotionally soothing too.

As your child gets older, it will help with her intellectual development — learning how the colours mix together to create a different colour — as well as involving her in imaginative play. When children get to use not just their fingers as paintbrushes but explore other tools and techniques. They experience in real-time the many advantages of this most under-rated play activity of all times.

  • Painting stimulates multiple senses and helps in the development of fine motor skills.
  • Develops and improves hand-eye coordination.
  • Children start learning about different colours and mixing them together.
  • Helps parents and children understand the concept of process art. The focus is always on the process and not the end result.
  • Development of children’s imagination and to express themselves.
  • It’s engrossing, constructive and allows little children to have lots of fun.

Make your own finger paint

It is easy to make finger paint at home, using ingredients found in every home. Make it real quick and in the quantities you can store for later use. You will find these inexpensive finger paints make great prints of little palms hands and feet. They are also easy to wash up later. Just rinse the paint from hands and soles of the feet under running water and soap. You don’t have to worry when a child puts her finger in the mouth either! Homemade finger paint is 100% safe as it has only all natural ingredients. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of corn flour
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 cups of boiling water
  • Liquid food colouring

Instructions:

  1. Add 1 cup to the corn flour in a bowl and mix thoroughly, until smooth.
    See that there are no lumps
  2. Add a cup of boiling water to the corn flour/water bowl, and blend it
    together using a spoon
  3. Put this mixture into a sauce pan over a heat, stirring until it turns into
    a consistency of custard
  4. Scoop the mix into three see through plastic containers

Squeeze a few drops of the desired liquid food colouring
into the jars

Endless painting ideas

There are many tools and techniques that you can use. But starting with finger painting will help little children get the idea that painting is a fun activity. Once inspired, you can introduce other tools they can use.

The objective of starting a children art program at home is to let the little ones have fun, create their own masterpieces. Painting is a great sensory play activity that offers numerous learning opportunities as well.

Painting lavender flowers

Start with the beautiful lavender flower. Your child will love painting them. It is an easy finger-painting idea in which you too can participate by helping paint some stems using a paint brush. To paint the lavender flower, dip your child’s index finger in purple paint and guide her finger over the stem and make a few dots to form the flower. To avoid smudging, make sure not to put too much paint on the finger. (Wondering how to get the lavender colour? Simple. Lavender is a tint of purple, which is a secondary colour. Purple is created by mixing the primary colours of red and blue).

Using a fork to paint

Once your child is comfortable using her hands and fingers to paint, she would want to do something else that is different. Show her how she can. Introduce her to a very commonly available home item – the fork. Create this easy and beautiful painting by using a fork to make the flowers. Pour some bright coloured acrylic paint on a paper plate. Pick up the fork and dip the back side of the fork in the paint. Press lightly to make a proper impression of the flower. Repeat the same process to create more fork shaped flowers in different colours. You can ask your child to use her finger to make the stems and leaves.

Paint a beehive

Using a plastic bubble wrap is a really cool painting hack. Squeeze out some yellow acrylic paint onto a paper plate, and place a square piece of bubble wrap on top of it. Make sure the bubble wrap is not coated with too much yellow paint, as it might smudge. Place this on a sheet of white paper, press lightly to create a honeycomb pattern. Now, to make the bees, ask your child to dip her finger in paint and make her fingerprint marks around the honeycomb. You then use a marker pen to add details like the eyes and wings of the honey bees. This painting will be so stunning that it will be worth your while to have it framed and hung in your living room for house guests to admire!

Paint with an okra

Another great and easy painting idea is to use a vegetable to paint. Use an Okra or lady finger as a stamping device. Just slice an okra horizontally, dip it in a colour and print. Hand over the okra stamp to your child to make as many small and cute flowers as she wants on a drawing sheet. You can make as many flowers you like by using different colours and sizes. Pick up a paint brush and give it the finishing touches by drawing the stems and leaves for the flowers.

Potato owl painting

Your little one will be so fascinated by this painting hack, that she’d want to do it on her own. A cute painting of two owls sitting on a branch created by using a potato sliced into two parts.  Cut the two halves into an owl shape. Apply paint to the stamp surface and make an impression of it by pressing it on a white sheet of drawing paper. Ask your little one to stamp another one next to it. Pick up a black marker and draw the eyes and colour the beak a bright yellow. Complete the painting by making them sit on a branch with leaves.

Paint a beautiful dandelion

To make this painting, you have to first draw the stem and pistils of the flower using a sketch pen or marker pen. Get hold of a few cotton ear buds and tie them in a tight bunch. Use a rubber band. Hand it over to your child and ask her to dip the ends of the buds in a colour of her choice. It can be any colour. Press it gently around the edges of the pistils to make a circular shape. To add depth to the painting, pick up a single ear bud and dip it a different colour and dab it around to form circles within. This is how you and your child can create a beautiful piece of art that will make you want to blow on the dandelion. Just like the way you’d want to do to the real one.

Great for the mind & body

These are just some of the many art classes for children you can try out at home. They don’t cost much and you’ll be surprised how long these classes will keep your little master engaged and entertained.

Painting activities have also proven to be beneficial for wellbeing and mental health of children. They show a great way to keep your little ones relaxed and engaged in positive activities. Take their minds away on those trickier days where they may be missing their friends or the routine of a school life.

Art is just art!

Remember how good it felt to touch the paint with your hands and use them to plaster the entire wall with your palm prints soaked in different colours? Maybe, it is now time to pass that sense of creativity to your little one and create magic by using her hands and imagination.

Bear in mind, there is no such thing as good or bad art. So explore and expose your child and family to a variety of techniques and styles. Or better still, bring your family along to see how other little masters embark upon a creative journey of discovery at Abrakadoodle. Indulging in hands-on playful programs designed to nurture a child’s imagination and inspire learning. Enjoying and unleashing their creativity and expressing their thoughts and feelings in unique ways.