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A Little Messy
Materials or Fees
- Flour paint: https://theimaginationtree.com/homemade-edible-finger-paint-recipe/
- Rice Cereal paint: http://munchkinsandmoms.com/edible-infant-pain/ )
- Yogurt paint: https://www.iheartartsncrafts.com/neon-edible-finger-paint-baby-activity/#_a5y_p=2194494
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