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Finger painting


Finger painting

What to do with this activity?

Let your child paint with their fingers. Finger painting is an enjoyable and messy activity. Cover a table or tray with newspapers or a waterproof table cloth, and give your child a little bit of each colour of paint. Let them loose to create and enjoy. Use cardboard rolls, vegetables, sponge shapes, leaves or hands to make prints of all kinds. Dip into paint and press onto a piece of paper.

Make butterfly paintings by putting two or three colours on one half of a page. Fold the page over, press down and then open out to see the new butterfly shape.

Find out how to paint an apple tree using the side of your hand and your fingers here at DLTK; and here's how to finger paint a hungry caterpillar, from Kidspot. 

For Christmas, let your child make some simple marks on card with their fingers and thumbs. You can turn them into Christmas cards - get some ideas from education.com here.  


  • Why am I doing this?

    Learning to move, reach and grasp helps children develop the muscles and skills to scribble and learn to write when they get older. Body awareness and learning to do big movements (like crawling and walking) and small movements like the pincer movement (where you lift up things with your index finger and thumb) are important parts of your child's development. It is part of awakening and developing your brain. For your young child, reaching for objects helps build their coordination and will help them hold crayons later on.

  • How can I do more?

    Have fun with your child dancing to music. This helps their coordination. If your child is moving their arms or body at all they are dancing!

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