Most children won’t begin holding a pen or a brush properly until age 3, but they learn to move their fingers much earlier. Children love creating messes with their fingers, even if they are simply dipping their fingers in a bowl of curd and wiping them off on a plate.
Not only does finger (and feet) painting allow your child to use his/her imagination and creativity, but it also strengthens the hands and fingers, helping your child develop fine motor skills. This awesomely fun activity teaches your kids about mixing different colors and stimulates their senses, while soothing them by giving them a space to let out their frustrations.
You must allow your child to have freehand finger painting sessions every now and then, but if the child is interested, you can also use these amazing paint ideas that don’t require a brush! The easiest way to keep your child immersed in the activity is by drawing an outline of the designs and then providing your child with paints. The outline will make sure that the child doesn’t require any help and can be left alone while he/she paints in silence.
The most unique and the cutest, this elephant design can be made by painting the palm and fingers grey and stamping it upside down on a paper. Use a brush or let your child make a tail, ears and eyes using his fingers. Add a white trunk, and this beautiful painting is ready! Ask your kids to make grass using their fingers, and teach them all about these enormous mammals!
You would be surprised to know the amount of different flowers a child can create while finger painting. Here are two ideas –
- A simple classic, this small flower requires one paint dot in the middle and six dots surrounding it. Tell your child to dip his index finger in paint and then create the dots! It’s small, but it’s perfect for decorating empty space and can also be turned into sweet gift wrapping paper!
- For a larger variation, paint your child’s palm and fingers and press it on the paper. Repeat this step (bonus points if you use different colors!) until you have completed a circle, and there you have it, the petals of your flower! Your toddler can dip his/her index finger in the paint and then swirl it in the empty space between the flowers to create a spiral shape. If you want to add a stem, simply tell your child to dip his/her finger in green paint and create a straight line starting from the bottom of the flower, and his/her thumb can be used to create leaves!
This is technically not only finger painting, it is also feet painting. (Yay, more fun!)
Paint the tiny feet of your kids, and ask them to stomp on the paper, making sure that their big toes touch when they do so. This will form the body of the owl. Then let them dip their fingers in white, black and orange paints to create the eyes and the beak of the owl! You can also tell them to create brown branches using their fingers and leaves using their thumbs. For an extra touch, dip thumbs in light brown/orange paint to create the owls’ claws!
Tree Trunk and Leaves
This is one of the simplest ideas. Your child’s palm can act as the trunk of the tree, while his fingers act as branches, and he can dip his fingers in green paint and dot them along the branches like leaves! Alternatively, you can paint the tree with a brush and then let your child create the leaves with his fingers.
This finger painting idea might just get your kids interested in sea life, so make sure you’re ready to explain what a jellyfish is!
To create the jellyfish, start with a blue background representing the ocean. You can use a blue paper or let your child color a white paper. Then, paint your child’s palm and fingers in bright colors and stamp them upside down on the paper. Draw on eyes and a mouth, and your jellyfish is ready! You can also add some sea plants by dipping the index finger in green paint and stamping it along the bottom of the paper.