Finger Painting and Fingerprint Art Ideas for Kids

May 13, 2019 4 Comments
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Finger painting is often the first creative process that children get to experience. It is also an activity that can be enjoyed equally by older children as well as toddlers. If you need some inspiration then here are some Finger Painting and Fingerprint Art Ideas for Kids of all ages.

Finger painting is so super simple, but can be often overlooked as an activity especially for older children, but it shouldn’t be.

As children use their fingers as paintbrushes, there are many advantages of this underated craft, and here are just some of them:

  1. Suitable for chidren of all ages and abilities. Even children that are not yet able, or unable to hold a brush can still participate.
  2. It’s a great sensory activity, stimulating multiple senses. Smell, sight, touch and possibly even taste (if you use edible paints!).
  3. Helps the development of fine motor skills in little ones.
  4. Great for developing/improving hand-eye co-ordination in all ages.
  5. Can be used to start teaching children about different colours and mixing colours together.
  6. Can be a process art project (where the focus is on the process and not the end result) which allows development of children’s imagination and for them to express themselves.
  7. Equally it can be used in more structured art projects using stensils and templates, for stunning results.
  8. It’s lots of fun!

So if you need some Finger Painting ideas read on, or pin it for later!

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A pin of a collection of finger painting and fingerprint art ideas for kids of all ages.

What Do I Need?

The first thing you need is paint. Allowing kids to play freely with paint and put their fingers and hands in it means that you are best to stick to non toxic and washable. Better still why not make your own? You can even make edible paint in case you have a child that likes to explore with their mouth.

Homemade Finger Paint from Fun with Mama

Next you need somewhere to do it. It can get messy so aprons, table protectors and somewhere not over your best carpet are advisable! If you don’t have somewhere suitable indoors, why not take the painting outside? Check out this Outdoor Finger Painting they did over at Mommy Evolution.

Outdoor Finger Painting by Mommy Evolution

Alternatively, if all that mess is starting to seem like a bit too much, but you still want your kids to experience the sensory side of it, then what about this no mess finger painting alternative by Mama Smiles? Win win.

Now you have your paint, you have somewhere to do it, now all you need is some cardstock if you are doing it the traditional way and a little imagination.

So What Do We Paint?

You really can let your imagination go wild here. As I’ve said before finger painting is great as a process art, where the kids have completley free reign exploring the process and not worrying about the outcome.

However, older children may want a more structured project. There are lots of ideas for fingerprint art and you can really create some lovely pieces of artwork using stencils or printable templates.

Here are some examples of more structured projects:

Fingerprint Butterfly Craft by Fun With Mama

Finger Painting Cloud Collage by Simple Fun For Kids

Fingerprint Ladybug Craft by Fun With Mama

Fingerprint Animals in 4 Seasons Art by Red Ted Art

Fingerprint Alphabet Art by Easy Peasy And Fun

Finger painting and fingerprint art does not need to be confined to paper and card. Look at these great projects using other materials. I love the glass magnets!

DIY Finger Painted Bookmarks by Swoodson Says

Fingerprint Art Glass Magnets by Rhythms of Play

Finger Painted Flower Bag by The Gingerbread House

I hope that has given you lots of ideas and inspiration, and that it inspires you to get out the paints this weekend and let the kids use their imagination to come up with some more great finger paint or fingerprint artwork projects. If you do have a go, I’d love to see what you create!

Kerry x

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  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy May 24, 2019 at 11:09 am

    I often used finger paints with the younger children when I was a child minder, nothing as creative as this though#kidsandkreativty@_karendennis

  • Laura May 30, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I love all of these ideas! We love painting and sensory play in this house. Our personal favourite has got to be gloop!

    Laura –

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) May 30, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    I haven’t done finger painting with the children for ages. When my girls were small, they loved the mess-free painting in a ziplock bag. I love the look of the glass magnets and the A-Z fingerpaint pictures. Must get the paints out again and try a few of these 🙂 #KidsandKreativity

  • Emma June 5, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Great post! I love the fingerprint animal alphabet

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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