The post talks about the benefits of finger painting and Valentine’s card finger painting activity.
Top 6 Benefits of Finger Painting
Art activities, in general, are great for early childhood development. It’s great good for their brain. One of the best art activities for kids is finger painting. Fingerpainting is great for kids all ages. Even for babies! Here are the benefits:
1. It’s a sensory play
Sensory play is where kids learn through their senses “Sensory integration is a developmental process where touch, taste, hearing and vision are part of brain development for later spatial, math and language concepts.” (KidsLearningHQ).
2. It’s messy
Messy play helps kids’ brain to integrate and process sensory information. Also, it allows kids to relax and be creative in their own way.
3. Learning colors
Finger painting is a great way for kids to learn colors. Parents can help toddlers and babies learn colors by naming the colors as their kids touch the paint. For older kids, they can experiment mixing the primary colors and naming the colors by themselves.4. Improves their fine
motor skills AND possibly gross motor skills.
4. Improves their fine motor skills AND possibly gross motor skills.
Finger painting strengthens finger and muscles. It improves gross motors skills IF kids are doing it on the floor. It improves their balance, large muscles, and spatial awareness.
5. It’s Therapeutic
Especially for younger kids who have more difficult time communication. Fingerpainting is a therapeutic way t
communicate their feelings without words. Also, it’s emotionally soothing (MOST of the time).
6. It’s Cheap!
It doesn’t get better than that! Fingerpainting is the easiest and cheapest art activity. You can make your own finger paint.
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Valentine’s Day Card Finger Painting
My 19-months-old daughter loves this activity! Plus, she was involved in this activity for more than 10 minutes. Booya. I felt like she thoroughly enjoyed it and I felt like I was the greatest mom. She benefited a lot of things from this activity. (see the benefits above). Finally, here’s the instruction how to do this awesome Valentine’s card.
- White Construction Paper or any heavy paper like cardboard. The general rule is the heavier the paper the thinner the paint can be, or the thicker the color the thinner the paper can be.
- Finger Paint, I recommend this one, Finger Paint Set by Creatology. It’s nice to purchase one because you can have it on hand. This finger paint also is really easy to clean up even if it gets on your kids’ clothes.
- Large, Low bin– this really helps with the mess. The spilled paint stays in the bin instead of the floor.
- White Paper- It can be any white paper like printing paper.
- Pen or Pencil
- Masking Tape
- Fold the white paper in half, hamburger style. Starting from the folding edge, draw a half a heart.
- Cut the traced half heart. Unfold the heart and it will be one whole heart.
- Tape the heart on the middle the paper
- Place the paper in the bin
- Drop several drops of paint of different colors your kids desire on the edges of the heart or all over the paper.
- Finally, let the messy painting begins
- Let paint dry overnight and you can peal off the heart leaving an outline of heart space where you can write a love note.
Also, there is a video for your convenience to watch how we did it!. Have fun!! 🙂
All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child’s parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child’s pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.
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