Combine music, listening skills, fine motor skills, and art with this Finger Tap Painting Activity for Kids. I am a huge fan of all of MaryAnn Kohl's books. The books cover disciplines like math and science AND make it fun for children by combining nature, movement, and process art. In my view, these books are the perfect compliment to a homeschool curriculum.
Even if you aren't homeschooling, having these books for reference is useful for any parent or caretaker. I use them as references nearly every day with my 5 and 3.5 year olds. I honestly don't remember from which book the inspiration for this activity came but I know she inspired me for sure.
[Tweet “”I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products.” ~ Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) “]
Materials for Painting Activity
- Washable Tempera Paint
- String or Yarn
- Beads or Gems with a hole
- Classical Music (optional but a great addition to the activity)
Approach to Painting Activity
- Play the Classical Music
- Cut string at a length that works with the child's fingers
- Tie the beads onto the string
- Tie the string onto the child's fingers (I started with one finger with my 3.5 year old to give him a feel for it.)
- Prepare the paint in either a dish or directly onto the paper
- Invite the child to “play the piano” on the paper and paint
- Allow time for the art work to dry and display
Process art is a beautiful thing. Remember that. I tend to get caught up in the end product. For children, though, the process is the part where they exercise imagination, creativity, and are truly developing themselves. Their spirits shine through the process whether art, math, science, reading, or writing.
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