Finger Painting School Paints

LEVEL: Preschool and Early Primary

Finger Painting School Paints
Kids love finger painting. It is so simple and doesn’t require any instructions to have some fun. It allows children to explore textures and colours with their fingers while developing fine controlling skills with hand-eye co-ordination.  Children also learn how to change the look of their painting by adding, mixing and blending colours.

Older children enjoy finger painting as an alternative medium to work with.  It can be fun trying out how many ways they can use their own fingerprint to create flowers, bugs, caterpillars etc.  The use of art scrapers can be very exciting by making quick and amazing designs.  
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You will need:

: Finger Paint or a thick tempera poster paint.
   See tips on paints below.
How to thicken Tempera Paint.
: Paper
: Laminated table top or plastic sheet
: Paint scrapers or plastic combs
: Spoon (optional)
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers
: Paper towels – for clean-up.

Before you begin:

You might need to keep a close watch as children like to touch things with paint on their fingers and it won’t take long for paint to get everywhere.  Making sure you have aprons on and laydown your plastic coversheet will help.

More than often finger paintings are painted far too thick. This can take a long time to dry and when thick paintings are dry they flake off the paper within weeks. Also the paper can get too soggy and rip. This is why quite often finger paint is not painted onto paper.  See option 1 below.     

There are two ways to finger paint:
1. Paint directly onto the laminated table top or plastic sheet.  When you have finished wash it all away.

2. Paint onto paper, trying not to paint too thickly.  See above.
Finger Paint School Paints

Cleaning Up:
Have a large dish of warm soapy water prepared and ready to clean paint soaked hands before you start.  When you are finished remove aprons and clean hands to avoid paint getting on to clothing.   

Let’s get started:
Spoon or pour the paint onto your paper or on the table top.  Spread paint with hands and fingers to mix the colours and enjoy the sensory experience.  Draw pictures and patterns with hands and fingers, moving them all over the surface.

Mixing colours too much can make colours muddy.

Older children can use paint scrapers and combs to make design patterns in the paint. Patterns can be made by scraping in straight long lines or sweeping swirling movements.

The key is to have fun mixing colours and making shapes.

Finger Paints:  Finger paint is one of the cheapest paints around as there is very little in the way of raw material in the formulation.  A good finger paint should be thick, flowing and with some sort of safety standard like CE, ASTM or ACMI.  Safety is important. This paint is going on children’s skin and maybe in their mouth.

Tempera Paint: Some quality tempera paint brands are thick enough for finger painting but if you need to thicken your tempera paints here is a recipe.

Paint Scraper Sets are ideal for finger painting and they are easy for children to hold on to.  See photo.

Mix the colours and experiment.

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