Paint Activities

Fun Finger Paints

Use household items and your hands to create fun finger paint art.
Use household items and your hands to create fun finger paint art.
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Find tools that imitate nature's own textures for a fun finger paints activity. For instance, a sponge makes a great tree trunk. And a comb makes super ocean waves.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Mixing bowl and spoon
  • Warm water
  • 1 cup soap flakes
  • Small containers
  • Food coloring
  • Tape
  • Finger-paint paper
  • Painting tools such as a comb, cotton swab, craft stick, or sponge

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step 2: Place soap flakes in a mixing bowl.

Step 3: Slowly stir in small amounts of warm water until the mixture is thick like pudding.

Step 4: Spoon mixture into separate containers. Stir in a few drops of food coloring in each container.

Step 5: Tape a piece of finger-paint paper down on your work surface. Spoon some finger paint onto the paper and use your fingers and hands to swirl it all over.

Step 6: Blend the colors -- especially red, yellow, and blue -- to make new ones.

Step 7: Use the painting tools to scratch designs in the paint. Experiment with other types of paper, too. Try finger painting on foil, cardboard, and even plastic wrap.

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