I Can Paint!

  • Time Length
    Group Created with Sketch.

    < 1 hour

  • Mess Level
    Fill 1 Created with Sketch. Fill 1 Created with Sketch. Fill 1 Created with Sketch.

    A Little Messy

  • Cost

    Materials or Fees

  • Difficulty
    Shape Created with Sketch.


Homemade Paint:

Question and Wonder:

  • How do you think it will feel?
  • Where does the color come from?
  • What will happen if you use your fingers to paint? Your toes?
  • What else can you paint with?

Stick fingers in the paint. Explore the sensations. Let your child smell it, smear it, taste it.

Imagine and Design:

  • How will the paint work on paper? Cardboard? Plastic tablecloth? My Skin?
  • What can we make with this paint?
  • Which color will be your favorite?
  • How can we mix the colors?

Put down some paper, cardboard or a plastic tablecloth and let them paint away, smear it, rub it..

Extension: Put paint on their feet and let them dance on a plastic tablecloth, large piece of cardboard, a piece of fabric.

Put two or more colors of paint in a zip lock bag. Let your child squeeze it, run their fingers over it, mush it.

Test and Discuss:

  • Does it feel like you thought?
  • What are you painting?
  • How are the colors mixing?
  • What kinds of marks do the different tools make?
  • What was your favorite thing to paint with? Paint on?
  • How are finger marks different than toes? Feathers? ??? Why?


Did You Know?

Messy play is very important to sensory development! Keeping up a running commentary of questions and observations gives your child the vocabulary to frame what they are experiencing. Use big fat juicy words like squishy and smooth, chunky and bumpy.

Print Instructions