What is more fun than finger painting? Most students like to mess with ‘squishy’ paints they can really get their hands into.
there are various recipes for finger paint. I like this recipe which can be made with household supplies.
½ cup cornstarch
1-cup cold water
2 cups hot water
1 envelope unflavored
½ cup Ivory soap flakes. (Not detergent)
Mix cornstarch and ¾
cup of the cold water in saucepan.
Place gelatin in the other 1/4 cup of cold water.
the hot water over the starch mixture and bring to boil over a medium-hot burner.
Stir constantly until mixture is clear. Remove from stove.
Stir in watery gelatin. Add soap flakes. Stir until all soap is dissolved and mixture is thick.
Add 12 cup colored powder tempera
to give color. You can also use food coloring, mixing the basic colors to make other colors. (Make separate batch for each color you use. Store paint in tightly closed jars and keep in cool place to use another time.)
Red/yellow = orange
Red/blue = purple (add white tempera powder to make lavender.)
Yellow/blue = green.
Red/yellow/blue = brown. (to make tan add white tempera powder.)
Use freezer paper for painting upon. (Cheaper than buying finger-paint paper)
FALL FINGER PAINT PROJECT
Smear brown finger paint on a cookie sheet. (Can use a large plastic meat tray for easy discard.) This is a messy project so have students wear paint shirts that cover their clothes.
Place child’s arm, from elbow to palm in paint, palm down with fingers spread.
Carefully lift child’s arm and press it on a length of freezer paper. Have a pan of water and towel near by so student can wash off their arms. Remember to put name of student on their arm print. Put aside to dry.
When print is dry, Let student finish their ‘Fall Tree” by dipping a finger in red, yellow, and orange finger paints to make leaves on the tree
branches. Dry and display in the room.
**Note: If you have children who do not
like to get dirty (YES there are some!
() have a
paintbrush handy and let them use a paintbrush to make the tree without getting paint on their arms and fingers.