Finger-painting with toddlers and preschool age children is quite the
messy fun experience! I love watching how children react to the sensory aspect of finger-paints, especially the first time they experience it!
I recently hosted a finger-painting play date with a bunch of little ones. But this would be my own daughter's very first experience with finger-paint! She has always hated having her hands dirty in any way and she also gets really grossed out easily. For instance, even walking on the beach was an issue at one point because she was so disgusted by the seaweed on the sand ~ she would scream for me to pick her up! Come Halloween time, she would have nothing to do with pulling out pumpkin guts when we made our jack-o-lanterns (it literally made her gag) and messy, sticky food meant she'd need a wet hand wipe right away.
So, I was curious to see how she would react to finger-paint. But she loved it!!! I was so surprised! It was neat to watch her mixing the paint with her hands, use a fork to draw lines in the paint and discover all of the color combinations she could create with the three colors we used: red, blue and yellow.
In addition to the Crayola Finger Paints from the craft store, I also whipped up some edible, scented finger paints using potato flakes, warm water and koolaid! You can find the recipe here. It's basically mashed potatoes and the consistency is quite different than the regular store-bought finger paint. To be honest, I didn't personally want to touch it but several of the children really liked mooshing it around on paper and since sensory exploration was the point, it served its purpose!
What is your favorite sensory activity to do with toddlers and preschoolers???