Looking for something fun to do with kids on rainy days? Check out these finger painting ideas for babies and toddlers.
If you’re crafting with your toddler, make sure to select an edible finger paint color or make one yourself at home – we have included a link to a recipe in this post.
Finger painting crafts and activities are suitable for kids in a wide age range. You can start these creativity activities from an early age around 6-18 months.
Before you said, this is too early, think about the sensory development at this stage. These activities are great for fine motoric development and strengthen finger and hand muscles.
Learning about color, shape, and spatial relationships. Using hearing, touching, and smelling senses.
It is a wonderful way to bond your relationship by practicing different activities.
How to Do Finger Painting With Toddlers
Before you start creating your finger painting ideas, do not forget to use food paint when there are babies and toddlers around.
You can also use water-based, non-toxic, non-settling tempera paint that is safe for the baby’s skin and is easily washable. It is fast-drying and ideal for multiple types of material that you may want to put your baby’s feet or handprints on.
- Spread paint on a tray, piece of paper, or benchtop, and let your kids make different patterns with their handprints.
- Be part of the fun and join your kids while they are painting.
- Make it more educational, and try to use more vocabulary while painting. For example, describe how you mix primary colors so you can make orange, purple, green, etc.
- Play some music while you paint. Encourage your child to paint under the rhythm of the music.
- Make the paint more interesting- some of the coolest finger painting ideas include different textures, tools, and details.
- Try making prints of the patterns by pressing clean sheets of paper onto the paint.
Finger Painting Ideas for Preschoolers
DIY and craft projects are not only a fun way to spend some time with your kids but also a wonderful tool to teach them different things.
With these finger painting ideas, your little artists will:
- Learn how colors work, especially mixing primary colors
- Support sensory integration
- Improving fine motor development by strengthening finger and hand muscles
- Learning about color, shape, and spatial relationships
- Using hearing, touching, and smelling senses