Finger Painting

Providing the children opportunities to paint everyday is not just about making a mess and getting dirty; it is an essential component to learning that encourages exploration and discovery through play.

Sensory play, in this case finger painting, allows the children to process information using all of their senses – touch, smell, sound, taste, and vision.

From infancy at our school, we provide the children with the primary colors (red, blue, yellow) in order to visually see the new colors that emerge as these colors blend (green, purple, orange).  As they grow at our school, they have opportunities to mix paints to use in class, name them, and become familiar with shades and tints of colors.

This may seem like an art project, but there is a lot more going on.  The science of color theory, as well as letting the children explore the marks they can make with their fingers in the paint.  These “scribbles” are what will soon become the marks they make to form letters.  We realize that the marks they make are not meaningless, but rather marks made with intention.


Finger painting feels wonderful in their little hands.  It is a creative sensory experience. It is not structured and it is a completely child-centered activity.
Here are some pictures that show how focused they were as they worked.  They showed purpose and curiosity as they discovered the marks they were making.  They worked at times independently, and sometimes joined each other.  It was a hands-on learning experience where they observed all of the marks they could make on the art piece.
Their work is now being displayed in the room.




































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