Painting for Children: Ideas for Hand and Finger Painting for Your Toddler

Apart from the usual drawing and colouring techniques, hand-painting can be a joyful experience for your toddler, allowing them to have more space for creativity and thereby paving their way to create unique works of art specific to their imagination. Hand-painting can be a rewarding experience, since it builds colour and shape recognition skills, allowing your child to explore their sense of touch with different textured materials. It is also great for fine-tuning their motor skills.

Using a little imagination and exploring a range of different methods, you can create amazing artworks with your child. And the great thing about hand and finger paintings is that they’re always going to be unique, since they’ll feature your child’s individual fingerprints! All you need is a quiet place to paint with your kid, some paints, and paper. Be prepared for things to get a bit messy, too!

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Hand Painting for Children - Angry Birds

Tips for Hand Painting for Children

Ready, set, go:

Apply some paint on your child’s hand or fingers and encourage them to paint their pictures on a large or medium-sized piece of paper. Explore different angles and positions. Any moment can be a teaching opportunity for a parent and child, if used wisely! Ask your child to paint patterns on their hands – like lines, curves, and dots – and see what happens when they put their hands on their paper. Playing alongside your kids will mean that they are closely supervised and that you can help them to handle the materials properly, thereby preventing accidents.

Always verify that the paint you use is age-appropriate and safe for the kids; buy paint products that are non-toxic.

Experiment with colours:

Let your children play around with colours. Help them to explore art by providing them with their own palette of the three primary colours: red, yellow, and blue. Your child can use his hands to mix and blend the colours to produce the secondary orange, green, and purple colours. Encourage them to experiment with colours, as you keep guiding them with your own parallel actions.

Transform your child’s picture to an artwork:

Although it sounds strange, the results of this art activity for kids are truly exceptional! After your child has finished making hand or foot impressions, ask them what they look like, and discuss ways they can adapt them to come up with something interesting. Very soon your child will understand how this works and might even start trying to create new images like birds, animals and more. This way, they learn to control hand and foot movements before starting to paint a new picture.

Art Activities for Kids: Exploring Different Materials

Exploring a variety of materials can improve your child's understanding of how different shapes, textures, and sizes can be produced. Here are some examples:

  • Paper. Use paper of different colours rather than the usual white paper. Mix and match the paper as well the paints. For example: blue handprints on yellow paper or white colour handprints on a blue background. Experiment with different paper textures, too – like filter paper, corrugated paper, cardboard, and foams.
  • Tools. Use different tools: like an old toothbrush for a spray effect, or sponge cut into different shapes for ovals, stars, or a diamond effect.
  • Embellishment. Different decorative objects like glitter, ribbons, buttons, and feathers will add lot of fun to this art activity for kids. For hand-prints that look like animals, add craft eyes to give life to your painting.

          Art Activity for Kids - Butterfly Hand Prints

Finally, after the painting is done, let it dry. Review with your child the different colours and materials that they used to complete their artwork. Discuss what different things can be made using the same approach. You’ll also make them very happy by displaying their artwork on your living room wall. The sense of accomplishment that your child has, after seeing their completed artwork displayed, is a fantastic indication of the success you’ve had in engaging your child in these art activities.

Guest post by Uma Maheswari Anandane, writer and editor at Momscribe who also blogs poetry at Rhythmus and writes travel-related articles for Puducherry Information Home as a way of staying connected with her hometown.