Finger Paint Name

Child with Finger Paint all over her hands

Fine Motor: While fostering your child’s imaginative and creative side, this activity will also strengthen your child’s fine motor skills as they use their fingers to paint across the paper.

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This activity will encourage children to use their fingers to trace the letters in their name while enjoying the sensation of paint.

You will need:

  • Trays
  • Large pieces of paper for finger painting
  • Liquid tempera paint; you can use "people colour" paints
  • Smocks to protect the children's clothing


  1. Put one piece of paper in each tray. Pour some paint onto each piece of paper. Children can smear the paint with their hands, and create lines, swirls and dots with their fingers.
  2. Sit with the children and paint as well. Role model creating letters in the finger paint by tracing your own name. Talk about what you are doing. As you trace each letter, name it and describe what it looks like. For example, say that ‘S’ is a curvy letter, or ‘O’ is round like a circle.
  3. Encourage the children to try to trace alphabet letters in the finger paint. Help them to print their own names.
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  • Spend time with your child by engaging in the activity with them (i.e. getting messy with them)
  • Practice making designs while enjoying the sensation of touching the paint


  • Give your child other simple materials in daily activities (i.e. paint, sidewalk chalk, crayons, markers)
  • Develop finger muscles to form shapes with a variety of everyday materials

Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments

  • Recite the alphabet and sing the alphabet song.
  • Emphasize the sounds that words begin with and name the alphabet letter.
  • Post the alphabet and provide learning materials like magnetic alphabet letters.
  • Spell out names other than their own.

Recommended Reading

  • My Fingerpaint Masterpiece by Sherrill S. Cannon. [Finger Painting, Fun, Creative, Art, Fine Motor]

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