Finger paint gives children a direct tactile experience with paint. Final results are not important, but motor activity related to the experience is. Smearing is natural for children and should be one of their planned activities. At first, children are cautious, using one finger and gingerly moving paint around. Be patient, it will not take long for them to be amply involved. Children enjoy this activity. It has its place in school art. Paint on some table tops - the ones that clean up nicely, oil cloth, special finger painting paper and freezer paper.
You can make Finger Paint
1 cup water
1 cup flour
1 T. boric acid
Boil three cups of water in the top of a double boiler. Add mixture of sugar and flour and stir until hot. Remove from heat and add 1 T. boric acid powder and liquid cloves, as a preservative. Store in an airtight container.
My favorite is;
Chocolate Pudding Finger Paint:
1 package instant chocolate pudding
finger painting paper
Help the children prepare the chocolate pudding. Once prepared, use chocolate pudding just as you would any finger paint.
Clean up usually involves a lot of licking.