Most kids, unlike adults, enjoy getting their hands dirty. Fingerpaint is an understated means of endless entertainment for littles of all ages. Not only is it fun, but it plays an important role in fine motor development, eye-hand coordination, creativity and colour constancy.
For young children starting to experiment with drawing, fingerpaint is ideal. It preludes the paintbrush and can be seen as a fun, messy way of introducing colours. Experimenting with fingerpaint can start from the age of two. Introduce primary colours (red,blue,yellow and green) one at a time and allow your child to create and experiment with only one. By the age of three you can start giving them all four colours to play with. You can use anything from brown wrapping paper to newspapers, taping your paper to the wall or floor.
If you are tempted to introduce your child to colouring books at this age, you should be aware that many experts warn against this. Scribbling is strongly linked to literacy and expecting a child to conform to the rules of colouring inhibits scribbling.
Here’s how to make your own fingerpaint
- 1 cup of sugar
- cup cake flour
- cup of cold water
- cups of boiling water
- paint or food colouring
1. Mix the sugar, flour and cold water.
2. Add boiling water and cook for two to three minutes until cooked.
Be careful not to pressure your child to tell you what they are drawing, as this could make them self-conscious and inhibit their creativity. Rather comment on their use of colour and lines.