No childhood is complete without some good, old-fashioned, messy, squishy, colourful finger painting.
And with winter holidays just beginning, I thought it was a great time to share some wonderful finger painting ideas with you.
Trust me, the paint will wash away in no time (well, perhaps a little time) but the memories will stay forever.
Ready to let them get messy?
And because I can see a few of the cringes all the way over here I have a few suggestions for making this LESS messy:
Use a plastic table cloth from the dollarstore underneath your painting (or better yet take the project outside)
Add some dishsoap to the paint – this makes it wash off very easily.
Have a big towel and some wash cloths handy.
And finally wine. A glass of wine or two and the mess really won’t feel like a big deal.
Now let’s get to the finger painting ideas for kids:
Finger Painting an Over-Sized Cardboard Box from Twodaloo – Take the finger painting fun outside (or lay down a tarp inside), and let the kids go wild painting a box. When it’s dry, it would be a great fort for the children to play in.
Finger Painting with Added Extras from Picklebums – Add a few additional materials to the finger paint art. This way, kids can explore different textures and designs.
Tape Resist Letters with Homemade Finger Paint from Hands On As We Grow – Make your own finger paint that is safe for kids who still put things in their mouths. Make some sweet initial art as the kids explore the paint.
Van Gogh Style Finger-Paint Printing from The Imagination Tree – Love this different take on finger painting, all inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.
Homemade Kool-Aid Finger Paint Recipe from Learn~Play~Imagine – Just a few ingredients are needed for this homemade finger paint recipe. It even has the added benefit of a nice scent for the painters.
Frozen Finger Painting from Mom to 2 Posh L’il Divas – Add a different sensory aspect to the experience by freezing the finger paints ahead of time.
Painting on the Light Table from Teach Preschool – Add the effects of a light table to the finger painting experience. Using wax paper makes for easier clean up, too.
Bubble Wrap Finger Painting from Childhood 101 – Paint AND bubble wrap!? Now that’s an engaging art activity for the kids.
Finger Paint and Mirrors from Twodaloo – Kids can gain a new perspective by painting on mirrors rather than paper.
Sticker Resist Finger Painting from Powerful Mothering – Little fingers can work on their fine motor skills by peeling and adding stickers before finger painting.
Mess Free Finger Painting from Housing a Forest – This idea is perfect for little ones who aren’t interested in getting their fingers messy, but still want to participate.
Finger Painting Flower Craft from NurtureStore – Turn tiny fingerprints into flowers to decorate the windows.
Finger Painted Paper Weights from Happy Hooligans – A sweet gift kids can make for family and friends.
Finger Tap Painting with Kids from Carrots Are Orange – This is such a cool twist on finger painting! Kids will still use their fingers, just in a slightly different way.
Sense of Touch Reverse Finger Painting from A Mom with a Lesson Plan – Kids can finger paint and explore print making in the same activity.
Scented Edible No-Cook Fingerpaint Recipe from Fun at Home with Kids – This finger paint recipe is perfect for babies and toddlers who are still putting things in their mouths. The colors are so beautiful, too!
Monet Craft for Kids from The Crafty Classroom – Such a simple method of creating a beautiful piece of finger paint art, based on a famous artist.
Tummy Time Finger Painting Sensory Play from CanDo Kiddo – Let the littlest ones create artwork with this less-mess finger painting activity.
Jello Finger Paints Recipe from The Imagination Tree – Another recipe that’s okay to use with kids who might want to taste-test their finger paints!
Fingerpaint Matching Activity from Fun at Home with Kids – Color code shapes for the kids to finger paint, or delve into more matching and painting ideas.
Tons of messy, memory making fun to be had. I hope you found an idea or two that is just right for you and your little ones.
Thank you so much for reading friends. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Thank you for being here with me this year. Merry Christmas.