Foot Play

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    1-2 hours

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

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    Materials or Fees

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Question and Wonder:

  • I wonder if my feet can do what my hands do?
  • How are my toes different from my fingers?
  • Why do we walk on our feet and not our hands?
  • What would the world look like if we walked on our hands?

Place a large piece of paper or cardboard on a hard floor surface (you can also use a plastic tablecloth to protect the floor from the paint and crayon marks). Challenge your child to put a crayon between their toes and draw. Try the same thing with paint and a paint brush.

After they have drawn a design with their feet, put splotches of paint on the paper and let them walk through it and add to their design.

Imagine and Design:

  • Do you think it will be hard to draw with your feet? Why?
  • How will you hold the crayon? The brush?
  • What kinds of design do you think you can make?
  • How do you think the paint will feel on your feet?
  • What texture will the crayons make on the paper?

Test and Discuss:

  • What happened? Was it as hard as you thought or easier?
  • Do you think if you practiced it would get easier? Why?
  • Try picking up the crayon or brush with your toes. How did it work?
  • What other parts of your body do you think you could paint with?

Did You Know:

The feet are the most nerve-rich parts of the human body, which means they contribute to the building of neurological pathways in the brain. This is a great article on the benefits of going barefoot:

Kick off those shoes and try these other barefoot activities:

  • Pick up marbles with your toes… and if you are very clever, drop them in a small container.
  • Fold a scarf with your toes instead of your fingers.
  • Ride your trike, bike or scooter bare footed.
  • Go on a barefoot nature walk in your yard or a local park.
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