Finger Painting Without Touching Paint

I was inspired by Deborah's Simple Fall Leaf Finger Painting post at Teach Preschool.


Aren't these pretty?

And so, I tried it last week! The preschoolers loved it SO much that I could not get the wax paper on the trays fast enough. I think I broke out in a sweat trying to keep up!





I cut wax paper into squares and gave each preschooler one with a bottle of paint to squeeze. Next time I think I'll be the one to squeeze the paint on it, though! That, or I need to find bottles that are slow to release paint! After putting a few different colors on the paper, I put another sheet of wax paper on top. The preschoolers smoothed the paint with their hands. Some were reluctant until they realized they wouldn't be getting their hands in paint. (Some still managed because theirs oozed out the sides.)  I will definitely do this again. I can't wait to cut them and hang in the window. Thanks, Deborah!


6 comments :

  1. Haha - you make me laugh Sheryl! I bet they loved squeezing out their own paint. I have done lots of projects where I break out into a sweat too! Too funny. This is an idea I will use every year:)

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  2. I see in one of your photos in the background there is a bottle of watercolor paints, did you use these as well or just used these bottles with the tempra paint in it instead of the liquid watercolors?

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  3. That was an empty watercolor bottle that I refilled with tempera paint. Always recycling! :)

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  4. Hi I'm a childminder from England and look forward to your fb links daily! All your ideas and activities are so inspirational! I love this idea but before I begin just need to check - do I leave the wax paper stuck together to dry or pull apart? Xxx

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  5. My kids actually wanted to rip off the wax paper and get their hands into it....i was surprised because usually they want to run to the sink after fingerpainting....oh well it was worth a try and maybe i'll try it again soon. Thanks for this fun activity....i enjoyed not having a huge mess haha.

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  6. You have the best ideas on your blog... My kids are going to love this. Thanks for sharing.

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