Finger Paint is a must in any preschool, daycare or home activity for young children, because is an excellent sensory activity.
In my case also has an additional objective as a group activity, it enhances their social skills and sense of belonging. We talk about what we can do together, and what the final result looks like. We had read before about fantasy dragons, and they agreed to paint a dragon using different colours. Let the child or children decide.
Material: Finger paint four colours, enough for each child, a poster paper if will be a group activity or finger paint paper.
You can buy or make your own finger paint with:
- Four cups of water
-One cup of cornstarch
-six tbsp granulated whit sugar
-one tsp salt
-food colouring (different colours)
-small containers for storage
Procedure: Use a medium size saucepan, add all your ingredients, and mix until combined, cooking in medium heat, until the mixture thickens. Separate it into containers, using a small spoon or stick, put a small amount of food colouring until you get the colour you want. Repeat with the other containers. (Before using, let it stands to cool and then use or close it.
Let the children explore the material and talk about it, what they feel,. The activity finishes when they decided to end it.