- Get fingerpaints that are washable.
- Have your activity area prepped with newspaper, a stable bin with rinse water, a sponge or paper towels (for hands).
- Make sure to get smocks or an old shirt for the artist.
- Pour or squeeze the paints yourself (ideally onto a paper plate)--don't allow your young ones to do it unless you help them. (But beware the lack of "paint restraint")
- Get involved with your own paper. Demonstrate lines and circles and waves, etc. with your painting fingers. Then the artist can copy you.
- Let them have fun! (--exercise patience if you are not) . . . By getting their whole flattened hand(s) involved and by allowing them to paint their own abstract creation without too much interference from you. They love this!
- Set up the activity outside on a nice day (Hold paper down with rocks).
- Let it dry outside with a rock holding it down on the corners or hang it with clothespins in the wind.
- Let them show their family members.
- Display it in a frame or take a picture of it and "scrapbook" it.
|My son's apple tree|