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Busy Hands: Finger Painting

Busy Hands - Kids' activities on Sand In My Toes
One of my goals this year was to do more activities with Little Dude. We've been doing many things to keep us busy, but I haven't posted about them because they don't always turn out as intended! The last time I made salt dough for him, the little guy used it for water play. It was pretty messy, and I guess, a lot of fun for him! Anyhow, my belief is that the real joy is in the process, rather than the end result. At 29 months, Little Dude's play is geared towards exploration, so there is no 'artwork' to show!

I've never given him paints to play with, though he has started using crayons. Today, I decided to make some quick finger paint using this Rainbow Flour Paint recipe for inspiration. It is supposed to be finger paint, but I also gave him brushes, and he preferred to use them instead of his hands! He did dip his hands in the paint later, but didn't quite like doing it. Then I remembered having bought a finger painting kit quite some time ago, and it had these nice foam shapes. He liked stamping patterns with those. After that, we tried doing 'car painting' (another idea I recalled from Pinterest!) and he had fun dipping the car in paint and then drawing with it on the paper.

There was more fun to follow, because he enjoyed helping me wash the supplies! I also found a recipe for longer lasting finger paint made with corn starch, and I'll give it a try next time.


(Busy Hands is a series about activities and craft you can do with toddlers and young children).


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Chai a Cup of Life said...

Your son and my son were probably painting the same time! Just yesterday I went out and bought him some paints and a book. Unfortunately he is over it already and asked to play games on the Ipad. :-(

Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) said...

I think that the fun of it has to be the journey rather than the end result with toddlers! Messy play or crafty endeavours rarely end up the way you hope they would, not in my house anyway :) I'd love for you to join my #creativechallenge linky sometime, where I encourage people to share stories about attempts at creativity, whether they succeed or fail! The linky goes live at 630am on Wednesdays... http://becomingastayathomemum.com/category/playtime-blogs/creative-challenge/ xx #magicmoments

Charly Dove said...

What a wonderful post Tarana. It's definitely in the process rather than the end result although POD is much more creative than she used to be. I guess it's that old adage practice makes perfect. Washable paints are brilliant to keep the mess under control! Sounds like Little Dude loves having a dabble with paint and foam. Brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory

Coombe Mill said...

Great paint play there, good to let them explore with hands too.

Karen Bell said...

Lovely painting fun. :)

pixiedusk said...

It looks like a lot of fun esp for boys to leave tracks of their cars! Never done this yet but I will try soon when son is at home and I want some free time =P

#MM

Tarana Khan said...

How old is he? I'm sure he'll find something else that interests him. Keep trying!

Tarana Khan said...

I'll check it out right now!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Charly! I'm going to stick with the home made stuff until I'm sure he won't eat it.

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, as soon as I can convince him!

Mary @over40andamumtoone said...

Looks like Little Dude had a great time. We had Parent/Teacher chat today, at school Monkey happily paints and draws all the time and never does construction - at home total reverse. He does paint sometimes but would much rather build something #whatsthestory

Tarana Khan said...

It was fun doing that, and it left some good patterns. You must try it with your son!

Tarana Khan said...

That's interesting, maybe he likes to do it at his own pace or he might be more comfortable at home!

Orli D said...

I swear you are a brave woman! Finger painting inside the house, wow. I have always left it to the nursery teachers. Why should I have to clean up the mess? ;) But the truth is it is really important and fun for the kids.
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Tarana Khan said...

We stay in an apartment, so the closest thing we have to 'outside' is the balcony! That's our messy activity area, and it's easy to just wash away everything afterwards.

Faiza N said...

My little Hamdan also has the same red car.. :)

Notmyyearoff said...

That looks like a lot of fun and using the cars is a brilliant idea :)

The Reading Residence said...

The fun is definitely in the process! My son much prefers a paintbrush as he doesn't like his hands getting too messy!

Sara Murray said...

He definitely looks like he's having fun :)

Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) said...

Thanks so much for linking with #creativechallenge :) xx

Twice A Mummy said...

He does look like he's having fun, I have two girls one loves finger painting the other not as sure x

Sarah said...

That looks like great fun :D I love the photos. Awww. x
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Redpeffer said...

My son hates getting his fingers messy so he much prefers a brush but I fancy having a go at making this.

Tarana Khan said...

That's sweet, he really likes his!

Tarana Khan said...

It was really a lot of fun, try it!

Tarana Khan said...

He's been this way with paints. With play dough and sand, he's happy to use his hands!

Tarana Khan said...

Try it, it's very easy to make!

Nishana said...

My girl loves painting. It's such a fun. He looks very involved. Happy painting. :)

#creativechallenge

Tarana Khan said...

It was his first time, and yes, he did enjoy it!

Karen Bell said...

I totally agree it's the process of creations and the fun in it rather than the finished article. He looks like he was enjoying it and quite engrossed in it :)
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

Michelle Ashmore said...

Kaycee and Ella both used to love 'washing' the pots and brushes after we'd been painting. Usually one or the other of them would end up climbing into the sink full of water!

Tarana Khan said...

Yes Karen, he likes painting and has done it again since!

Tarana Khan said...

That sounds like so much fun! He loves playing with water all the time.

Franglaise Mummy said...

I love watching to see what they make of things and how they work things out for themselves. I'm not sure I'm ready to introduce paints to our 16 month old yet though...
#BlogClub

BakedPotatoMummy said...

I'm 'lucky' that Potato loves painting. He's 22 months now and we have the paints out at least twice a week. Often, he just likes painting his own hands and splodging them around, so there really isn't much to show for it other than a lot of very painty paper! I've been finding ways to direct him a little and he seems to really enjoy seeing a picture emerge out of the mess. I can't wait for the summer when I get let him get really painty in the tuff spot in the garden!
#CreativeChallenge

Kate Williams said...

That looks like great fun, we love a bit of car painting too!

Tarana Khan said...

You can try making edible finger paint with yogurt!

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, painting out is double fun, and less cleaning up too!

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