Fabulous Face Paint

Child with paint all over face

Fine Motor: To master accurate small muscle movements of the fingers and hands to foster manipulating small objects.

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Overview

Making face paint is a simple art towards being someone or something else! You and your toddler can enjoy the special moment together, pretending to be animals, insects or community helpers!

You will need:

  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp water
  • 1/2 tsp cold cream
  • 2 drops food colouring
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  • 1 mixing bowl
  • Small paper cups
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  • Large (wide) popiscle sticks
  • Soap and water (for paint removal)

Directions

  1. Prior to the activity, have all ingredients measured and ready to be added into mixing bowl.
  2. Stir corn starch and cold cream together until they are well blended. Add the water and food colouring and stir.
  3. Repeat the recipe using separate paper cups to mix different colours. You can start with 3 colours.
  4. For easy paint removal later, rub some cold cream on your toddler’s skin before painting.
  5. Use the large popsicle stick, paint simple designs (e.g., star, heart, or flower) on your toddler’s face, hands or arms. Your toddler may spread the paint with their finger.
  6. Observe how your toddler uses the paint. Feel free to imitate your toddler’s actions.
  7. When ready to remove the paint, use soap and water to remove paint from body.
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Nurture

  • Spread paint onto your toddler’s body (i.e. arm and face).
  • Gain self-esteem as it is okay to use different paint colours on body.

Explore

  • Use homemade face paint to explore painting on body.
  • Gain sensory experience with different shapes, lines, colours on their body.

Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments

  • Extend this sensory art experience by adding texture into the paint (i.e. feathers, tissue paper, cotton balls). Texture promotes your toddler’s curiosity as they use their fingers to grasp the texture item.

Recommended Reading

  • My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
  • Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

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