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the tickles of the paintbrush; others do not like it
at all. The second method is usually the most en-
joyable for children. This method gives them total
control, and it has an element of risk, which makes
It is best to do this project outdoors in warm
weather. If you do it outside, have a garden hose
ready for quick cleanup. You can do this project in-
doors as well. Have a bucket of warm soapy water
and a towel ready so you can wash and dry feet im-
mediately after painting.
Still lifes portraying each fruit
Painting with Hands and Feet
Fingerpainting is a perennial favorite with young
children, unless they do not like getting their hands
messy. Often even children who are sensitive to
paint mess will fingerpaint anyway. They paint and
then immediately wash up. Any paint can serve as
fingerpaint, but fingerpaints designed for this use
work the best. Strongly encourage the use of smocks
And let’s not forget about painting with feet!
Feet painting is exhilarating to children because
it provides so much tactile input to their bodies!
Feet painting needs continuous adult supervision—
both for safety (the paint is slippery) and to contain
the mess. Here are two methods you can use for feet
painting: Painting with fingers
• Have the child sit on a chair and lift one foot
at a time. Paint the child’s feet using whatever
color the child wants. Help the child onto a
large piece of paper to walk around and make
footprints on it. Butcher paper works well.
• Put a thin layer of paint in each of a few trays
on the ground. Hold the child’s hands to help
the child step into and out of the paint and
then onto the paper. You must help the child,
because the paint is slippery.
Painting with fingers—and hands and arms!
If you’re nervous about mess, the first method
offers more teacher control. Some children like