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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL creative and authentic art  53 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 exciting. 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 for fingerpainting. 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 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL