Drawing is a very useful activity for the development of a child. It develops imaginative thinking, fine motor skills, helps to learn to distinguish colors. That's just a small child is still hard to keep a pencil or a brush in his hand, and he is greased with paint in paint. For such cases, they were inventedfinger paints for children.

Finger paints are designed for painting hands, not a brush. The child simply dips his finger into the paint (or even smudges the entire palm) and draws them on paper or other material (some paints, say, can be painted not only on paper or cardboard, but also on glass, plastic, etc.).

Naturally, good finger paints for babies should meet many requirements. After all, the child can get dirty, pull the hands smeared with paint in the mouth. Therefore,buying your child finger paints, you need to make sure that :

  • they are safe and do not contain harmful ingredients - if suddenly even a child tries them on taste, nothing will happen to him;
  • they do not form spots and are easily washed from the skin, clothing and surfaces.

Also pay attention to the consistency of paint. There are paints of a more liquid consistency, and there are similar to jellies. Here the choice is yours, but for younger children it is better to prefer jelly-like paints - they will not drip and spread. Well, if in the set with paints there are additional accessories (rollers, stencils, sponges, apron to protect clothing).

Finger paints with their hands

Usually sold in stores finger paints designed for children over two years. But what if your child exhibits a craving for drawing at a more tender age? Do not suppress his creative impulses.Maybe you really do make finger paint for your child yourself?

For younger children you can make finger paint with yogurt. For their preparation you need to take children's yogurt without additives and food coloring. Pour the yogurt into the containers for paints (you can, say, take jars from baby food), tint with liquid or gel food color and stir until the mass becomes homogeneous. You can use natural dyes: juice of carrots, beets, red cabbage. But it is clear that the color will not be particularly intense.

For older children (a year and a half) can make finger paints flour-based. Their preparation will require more time and ingredients, but they are suitable for longer drawing than yoghurt. It is necessary to mix with a blender or a mixer 0.5 kg of flour, 5 tablespoons. salt, 2 tbsp. vegetable oil and water (the amount of water must be such that the resulting mass has a consistency of thick sour cream). Then pour the colors over the jars and tint with food coloring.

You can also make starch finger paint, reminiscent of the paste. They are suitable for older children, who no longer try to pull everything in their mouths. For their preparation, mix 0.5 tbsp. starch with the same amount of cold water until uniform. Do not stop stirring, gradually pour a liter of boiling water into the mass. All the same stirring without stopping, pour in a mixture of 0.5 tbsp. talcum powder. When the mass cools, add 1.5 tbsp. shavings from baby soap. Stir thoroughly, pour over the containers, add the dye and place for a little while in the refrigerator.

Preserving homemade finger paints should, of course, in the refrigerator. Before drawing, you need to get them in advance so that they can warm up to room temperature. Usually the shelf life is 1-2 weeks, but if there are any suspicions about the quality of the paints, it is better to pour them and make new ones. And if a child is very actively trying the colors to taste,do not store them longer than 1-2 days. just do them little by little.

Finger paint (though bought, even homemade) is essential for early child development. Do not deprive your kid of the joy of creation!