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Kid Talk: DIY Finger Paint

Finger paint provides a wonderful sensory experience for little hands. Children can explore different textures while being creative. The use of the fingers and hands help to promote fine motors skills. But what I love most about finger painting is that it is truly about the process and not the finished product. The whole point is to experience the paint and creativity, not to produce a work of art. Because this recipe contains liquid soap, I would only use it with kids who are not putting things in their mouths. You know your child best.

You will need:

1/2 cup of water

1/2 cup flour

Few squirts of liquid soap

Food coloring

Small cups (I used recycled applesauce cups)

Finger paint paper (it is shinier and glossier than normal paper)

Mix all the ingredients except the food coloring in a bowl until the mixture is smooth.

Divide the mixture between 4 small cups. I find re-purposed applesauce/fruit cups work great for finger paint. Add a few drops of food coloring to each of the cups. Add more food coloring for deeper colors.

Stir until thoroughly combined.

My kids really wanted purple finger paint, so we mixed red and blue food coloring to make a pretty lavender shade.

Be sure to put on a smock or play clothes before you begin. My kids experimented with many different painting techniques: dipping in one finger at a time and making dots, rubbing the paint all over their hands and making hand prints, and smearing the paint around.

We even made some colorful flowers. When you are all done painting, this finger paint washes right off fingers. The soap in the paint really helps the food coloring not to stain little hands. These paintings take a few hours to overnight to dry depending on the thickness of paint applied to the paper. Hope you have as much fun finger painting as we did!

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