4 Oct 2022 | 5 min Read
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Most of us have enjoyed hours of painting with our fingers during our childhood. But little did we know then about the benefits of finger painting for kids. Children, especially toddlers love this fun activity of painting with their fingers and getting messy with colours. Don’t worry about the mess all you need are some paints, aprons, canvas or paper and some baby wipes to clean the mess! The point is to let your toddler explore this fun activity as the benefits of finger painting for kids are many.
It’s a fun and simple activity that involves dipping tiny fingers in paint and then using those fingers to paint on canvas or a sheet of paper. You can even let your toddlers paint on a pot or other objects that you would like to recycle.
Make sure you use non-toxic paints and be prepared as kids do not restrict themselves to painting only on the given area. Cover the table or the area with some old newspaper and just let their imagination run wild without worrying about the mess!
Counselling Psychologist and Expressive Arts Therapy Practitioner, Aakriti Khosla says, “Finger painting can be an excellent stress reliever. The experience of using fingers can be very uplifting emotionally and psychologically. It helps toddlers to build more attention and concentration. Since it’s highly engaging and involving, it helps them to improve their focus and manage daily routine activities well.”
Besides that it’s easier for toddlers to paint with their fingers than with a crayon or brush, they also learn to express their feelings without words! Since the benefits of finger painting for kids are many why not try some of these fun finger painting ideas with your toddler?
Cut a piece of cardboard into different shapes like triangles, circles, squares etc. or the shape of any animals and let your toddler use his/her fingers to paint them.
Give your child an old toy that is no longer needed like a toy car and let him/her paint the toy.
Let your toddler choose a template. Print it out and let your little one use their fingers to paint it.
You can give your child things like sand and glitters or even shaving foam to add to the finger paints. Watch them have fun with it!
This is always a big hit with toddlers. Let them collect some stones and ask them to paint on them. You can later use it as a paperweight too!
Buy a white t-shirt for your child and him/her fingerpaint on it. Your toddler can use the t-shirt once the paints dry.
Here’s an edible finger paint recipe you can try at home and let your toddler or young child enjoy being creative.
Want to encourage your toddler to finger paint? Try this:
Finger painting is a messy affair but it’s a fun activity with great benefits, so let them mess and have fun while they create their masterpieces! Don’t keep your toddler from enjoying this fun activity because of the fear of cleaning up the mess, BabyChakra Bamboo Wipes and BabyChakra Mosturizing Wash have you covered!
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