Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pudding Finger Painting Names

Mary literally eating the paint. Thankfully it was non-toxic.
Our paints
I tried finger painting a few weeks ago and it didn't go well.  My daughter was on one mission to eat the paint.  My son enjoyed it but now that she's 14 months I wanted her to be able to join us for things like this.  That same day my SIL did pudding painting with her kids.  You can find lots of stuff on Pinterest about it and I thought it sounded like a great idea.  I decided we were going to do some finger painting the letters in their names an idea I got the book Preschool Success.  The instructions were tracing their names from cookie cutters then letting them finger paint them.  I decided to do first and last names since I'm trying to teach Patrick his last name.  I had planned on doing it the typical way with the finger paints we own.  However I decided to include Mary and I didn't want a repeat of her ingesting paint and we had some vanilla pudding so I decided to give it a try.  It's insanely easy to make pudding finger paints.  Make pudding and mix in some food coloring.  I let Patrick choose the colors and he decided to match them to the cups from Ikea that we were using.  I used a spoon to serve them for the kids, which has resulted in leftover pudding that didn't have little fingers in it and kept the colors at least in the cups pure.  I found an idea of using parchment paper for it on Pinterest but writing their names on the parchment paper didn't work so well.  I also did them free hand since the cookie cutters when traced weren't making the letters clearly enough and Patrick kept confusing T and I since the cookie cutters made them look a lot alike.
The kid really seemed to enjoy this activity.  Of course Mary didn't eat nearly as much pudding paint as she did real paint until the end when she was pretty much just sitting there licking her fingers. And she did smear it in her hair so we had baths afterwards.  But I expected that it would make a mess.  The white blocks are my attempts that our last name not be viewable.  Mary had fun doing it and I have my first real piece of artwork from her since our last finger painting experience she did more eating then painting. 
Patrick decided that he wanted to use a brush, which didn't surprise me since he's the sort of kid who doesn't like to get messy especially his hands.  Last time that he had finger painted was the first time in years that he had actually finger painted.  I tried to get him to focus on painting the individual letters and we talked a lot about the letters that make up his name.  He did almost no eating at all.  Overall the activity was a big hit and I think was a good way on working on the letters in the kids names.  Not that Mary really cared or learned anything but Patrick started to learn the letters in her name as well. 
Patrick actually finished first and did almost no painting on the parchment paper.  But Mary did enjoy it and she signed more when she wanted more paint.  Since she's still not talking or signing much at fourteen months anytime she communicates is really great!  It was a fun activity the only downside was that it really didn't take that long and since we started it at like 9:00 we were finished, cleaned up and they were bored by 10:00. 


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