Rainy Day Play: Finger Painting

I have been wanting to finger paint with Greta for quite some time.  Actually, since the first moment I knew Greta was in existence, I have day dreamed about making art with her.  Forget names, I wanted to know what kind of art my future child would be interested in.  
So I had this great idea to set up a piece of paper, mask off an area, letter, or design with painter’s tape, and then let her go nuts with the finger paint.  Then one day, surfing the website that makes me lose time and sanity I see it: lo and behold there was my idea on Pinterest!  What the hey, there are no new ideas under this sun, as my dad always told me.  So we went ahead with my idea.  

I set Greta up with a nice heavy piece of 18 x 24 inch watercolor paper taped to the ground.  Under the paper I taped a couple sheets of newspaper, though those proved to be a big distraction – she loves to shred, tear, and fold newspaper.  
After a slight hesitation, she tore into the finger paint.  
After she filled up one area, we shifted to a new corner of the paper, added more dots of paint, and she painted.  
 
She had so much fun she wore herself out.  She was fussy and ready for a bath by the end.  After the bath and getting her cleaned up, I discovered…
that someone else likes to paint.  Notice the addition of the little mouse toy in the top left corner?
Greta even got a hold of a paint tube.  It added some neat texture to the painting.  
The white G, after removing the masking tape.  

A little footprint.
This would be neat to try with older kids and have them mask their own designs with the tape.  Or, let the kids draw very lightly with a pencil (this takes practice) and then you tape over their pencil drawing.  After the kids are done painting, remove the tape, allow the paint to dry fully, and erase the pencil marks.  Happy painting!  

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