Finger Painting

I know my son is only 14 months old, but I’m really excited to do sit-down-and-sit-still activities with him.

Things like coloring and finger painting.

Is that so not a boy thing? What boy whats to color, right?

I’m not sure either, but it’ll make for some great pictures either way.

Let me tell you something that I highly- seriously do it– recommend for doing with your young toddler.

It’s called finger painting. It’s messy and oh so fun.

You can use one color or two or all four. Whatever floats your fancy.

Colors are fun!

It was going great….

(Take off the kids clothes. It makes your job much easier- bath immediately follows this- naked is best.)

Honey.. no, don’t put your hand in your…

eww!! Icky!! Not in your mouth!!!

That was the end of finger painting.

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

8 thoughts on “Finger Painting

  1. lol, I'm looking forward to being able to do this with my baby, as well as breaking out the sidewalk chalk and play-doh.

    Not sure if you bought those fingerpaints or made your own, but you can make them with edible ingredients – still not something you'd want him to eat, but might be a little better than the other kind:

    1 1/2 tbspns white sugar
    1/2 cup dry cornstarch
    1/2 tspn table salt
    1 cup of cold water
    food coloring

    Mix the first 4 ingredients in an old pot and cook/stir over low heat for about 10 minutes, until it thickens up, then stir in food coloring and put in containers for painting (baby food jars or apple sauce cups are great).

  2. very cute!

    jordan just used crayons “the right way” for the first time a week ago today. I want to try finger paints, but i'm afraid he'd eat the stuff right away. maybe i'll try the previous commenter's recipe!

    Thanks for the update! I miss seeing Lucas and hearing how he's growing. He sure is a darling little man.

  3. I second the chocolate pudding for paint. and paint a paper plate with it. then let it dry and you can hang it on the fridge. ORRRRR different colored yogurt works well too. or yogurt w/ food coloring 🙂

  4. You know you can actually make finger pain from just flour, water and food coloring. I don't like other recipes or the pudding stuff because personally, my toddler doesn't need to eat that type of thing. So I boil a few cups of water, add in flour slowly and stir until its the right texture. Then add colors.

    It dries just like paint. Doesn't have any additives or anything like that and is very easy to clean 🙂

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