Sunday, February 6, 2011

Finger Paint Hearts & Flowers: Kids Craft Project #26 of 300 Crafts for Kids

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #26: Finger Paint Hearts & Flowers Fine Motor Fun
Crafts for all abilities! 
for Ages 3 Years and Up 

  Frame It For a Beautiful Valentine's Day Gift or Decoration! ♥ 
Flower hearts with stems :)
My daughter's beautiful flower heart :)
My BIG flower with rings of petals ♥

Supplies Needed:
Time Needed: 10-15 minutes

What To Do:
  • To Make Hearts: Just use your thumb to make 2 prints that for a V. Press thumb into red ink and then press onto paper. Press thumb again into ink and then press onto the paper, making a V.

    A fingerprint heart ♥
  • To Make the Hearts Into Flowers:
    Use another color ink and your pointer finger to press finger print petals around the heart, forming a flower. Use a narrow finger like the pinkie with green ink to create the stem. You can make the leaves look like hearts as well :)
    The heart becomes the center of the flower. Little fingerprints around the heart create the petals.
    Finished flower.
  • To Make Small Flowers with stems:
    Use a thumb print for the center of the flower and any smaller finger to make petals from that finger's prints around the center.
    Flower with stem completed.
  • To Make Tulips:Ink up your 3 middle fingers and press down to the 2nd joint in your fingers. Use your pinkie to create the bottom half circle shape. (I'm sorry my picture of this one came out ultra blurry! If requested, I'll take another one and post it.)

  • To Make Large Flowers:
    Follow the steps for making flowers but continue to add rings of fingerprints around the first ring of petals. It looks pretty to use different colors or different shades for each ring.

    Large flower with rings of petals.

    You're done whenever your child starts getting bored or asks to move on!

    Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected. Even if you don't win during the week you posted a craft, you stay in the running until you win or our giveaways for this project ends (12/31/11).

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

Let your child choose the colors he wants to use - even if it's black for the flowers! It truly does not matter.

If your child's small motor skills won't allow him to ink his fingers or press on the paper with specific fingers, you can assist him by imitating a police officer inking and fingerprinting him! Or, you may choose to use finger paint which is easier to get on one's fingers.

This is an opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices! It's ideal to foster self esteem as well.

If you're keeping this artwork, as opposed to giving it as a gift, make sure you hang it up.

Personal aside: Not too long ago my daughter saw some "paintings" in the garbage and told me that her paintings were garbage. She told me I threw them out. I didn't know what she was talking about and she showed me that her paintings were in the trash. She looked crushed. I had told her (like I always do) that we would be hanging them up after they dried.

It turned out that they really weren't her paintings in the trash, but paper we had spread out on the table to catch the flying paint. Her paintings were drying, but it just goes to show that these projects mean more to our children than we might imagine.

Treat their creations like the precious works that they are! Hang them prominently on your fridge, your child's bedroom door or walls, or in your playroom. They will go back to them again and again and say with pride that they did that!
Hanging your child's work shows him that you are proud and impressed by what he did. Seeing his own work reminds him of the beautiful things he is capable of doing!

For Older Children:
An older child can further enjoy this project by adding the sun, horizon, and a variety of flowers and grasses to make it a beautiful landscape. Have your older child sign or write his name at the bottom and then frame it!

Associated Educational Activities:

And now a word from SeeryusMama:
"Ten Little Fingers" by Annie Kubler is a sweetly illustrated board book that tells about all the wonderful things you can do with ten little fingers. This words to this book are a popular song that you can do finger play along with as well!

Finger Play with Songs! Here are some fun songs that children can sing while practicing fine motor skills:
Where is Thumbkin Song & Video 
Song & Video 
Two Little Blackbirds Song & Video 

Finger Play with Finger Puppets! Have a great time using finger puppets today! 

Play with Beads & Lacing Toys! Fantastic fine motor skill practice :)

* suggests this Counting Candy Worksheet where children can use their pointer finger to help them count each piece of candy on the worksheet!

    PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar. 

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    *Lesson Pathways is a 100% FREE, online, K-5 curriculum resource.  Homeschooling parents and classroom teachers alike can create their own units, mix and match units, or build their own custom curriculum!  At Lesson Pathways you’ll find a full year’s worth of lessons in math, science, history, and language arts.  You’ll find Field Trip Pathways and a fun and informative blog that keeps you up to date on the latest happenings. 


    alissa4illustration said...

    This one looks simple and fun!!!!!

    Last year I did some photo transfers on illustration board. Then I mixed up some pudding. I added some red dye to turn it pink. The kids did some finger painting on top of the photo transfers. It was pretty fun and cool looking. wooden toys, pretend play, and play food for preschool! Ages 0-6 superstore! said...

    That sounds interesting! Do you have any pictures? I'd like to see that!

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