Finger Paint Fun!

March 22, 2014

One of our favorite activities at PCDP is fingerpainting! Fingerpainting is more than just messy fun, it teaches many important concepts in the early education classroom.

 

  • Children can learn informally about mixing and exploring colors.

  • Sensory integration is promoted.

  • All the senses are involved: seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and (if you use edible paint) tasting!

  • Finger painting strengthens the finger and hand muscles, thereby improving fine motor development.

  • The development of hand-eye coordination is supported.

  • If you place the paper on the floor, large muscle control and balance could be improved.

  • Finger painting is easier for little fingers that are not yet ready to manipulate a brush with skill.

  • This is a non-prescriptive way of promoting children’s self-expression.

  • There is a focus on the process, not on the end result or the finished product.

  • Finger painting is therapeutic – children can express their feelings visually without using words.

  • It stimulates creativity and imagination.

  • Finger painting is an excellent way of creating shared art work with a group of children working together.

  • The finished art work and the process are stimulation points for discussion on the creative process, the colors, the themes, the design etc., thus language development is promoted.

  • Kids learn that they can manipulate and be in control of their surroundings.

  • It is messy, which also means it is fun!

 

Recipe for Finger Paint:

 

3 T. Sugar

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 cup Corn Starch

2 cups Water

Food Coloring

 

Add a couple of drops of food coloring to a muffin tin. Add all other ingredients to a saucepan and continually stir over low heat until the mixture thickens to a paint consistency. Pour equal amounts of the paint mixture into each muffin tin section. Mix each of the paints until the color is evenly distributed. Happy painting!

 

 

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