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Fingerprint Fun


Fingerprint Fun

[15 Minutes]

Have fun together making pictures with fingerprints.

You'll need:

• paper towels • newspaper • tempera paint or fingerpaint • plastic containers for paint • white paper • markers

What to do:

  1. Together with your child, make the ink pads by placing several sheets of paper towels on top of the folded newspaper.
  2. Then help your child pour a small amount of tempera paint or fingerprint onto the paper towels.
  3. Help him dip one finger into the paint, then blot his finger on a dry portion of the paper towel.
  4. Invite him to use the fingerprints as starters for characters, such as animals, people, flowers, or other objects. Let him add details to the prints with markers.

Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.

  • How are your thumbprint and pinkie prints alike? How are they different?
  • Let's compare your fingerprints and mine. How are they alike? Different?

Useful information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps introduce your child to a variety of artistic tools, mediums, and techniques.

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