The Basics of Finger Painting and How to Finger Paint

Posted on 26 October 2016

Finger painting is one of the best hobbies that kids can enjoy whether at home or in school. This creative activity is similar to regular painting. The only difference lies in the use of fingers instead of a paintbrush! Even babies can already try finger painting but with the supervision of parents of course. 
So why should kids engage in finger painting? Check out the top benefits of this craft below..

Reasons Why Finger Painting Is a Worthwhile Activity for Kids

1. Allows kids to learn and explore different colors. 

Finger painting involves paint so this would be a wonderful opportunity for kids to identify basic colors and blend them to create new ones. Kids will also learn how colors work together to produce a beautiful masterpiece. 

2. Enhances kids' motor skills and sensory development. 

Since children will be using their hands and fingers in finger painting, this contributes to their motor development. They will be coordinating their hands and fingers with their eyes which helps them have more control over their craft activity. On the other hand, their sensory development is enhanced because they'll be using their senses like sight, touch, smell, and hearing. 

3. Finger painting is about the process, not the outcome. 

The value of finger painting is in the process of doing it, that is why many kids (including parents) love this craft. Kids have fun and can learn with the whole experience, regardless of the outcome of their artwork. Overall, finger painting is a "no-pressure" activity!

What You'll Need for the Activity

  • A flat surface where your child can work on.
  • Finger paints or poster paints
  • Newspapers (to prevent mess)
  • A white sheet of paper (your child's canvas)
  • Plastic cups to contain the different paint colors

Easy Tips on How to Finger Paint

 1. Cover the space you want your child to paint on with newspapers.

Finger painting is an activity that can get messy so you have to cover any flat surface where your child will work. If you do not have newspapers at home, old magazines will do. You won't have trouble cleaning up afterwards because all you have to do is throw those newspapers or magazines. 

2. Prepare your child's finger painting materials. 

Use plastic containers for the finger paints. Place the white sheet of paper on top of the newspapers or magazines. As much as possible, the plastic containers with paint colors should be within reach to prevent spills.

By the way, also have a separate plastic container with water. Prepare tissues as well. Your child needs to wash his fingers and wipe them before choosing another color for his painting.

3. Let your child finger paint. 

Again, remember that finger painting has no rules! Your child can paint whatever he want to paint. Aside from his fingers, he can also use his palms and knuckles to create the kind of art he likes. Allow him to get creative!

4. Let the painting dry. 

After your child is done finger painting, let the painting dry. Place it in an area where there is air or sunlight so it easily dries. The time it takes to dry depends on the amount of paint your child has used. But normally, it takes less than 15 minutes.

Make sure to tidy up! Let your child hang his work. 

Final Thoughts

Finger painting can be messy, but it sure creates positive experiences for kids (and adults too!)

It enhances your child's learning and development by making him use his hands and senses. Most of all, it brings out the creativity in him.

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