Finger painting doesn't always involve actual paint; you can also use pudding for the art activity. With this overview, learn how to use pudding to this effect. This exercise isn't just about creating something beautiful; it's also a time to bond with your little one or the children in your care. Another great thing about pudding is that you don't have to worry about exposing children to some of the toxic chemicals found in some paints.
Getting Started With Finger Paint Pudding
Finger painting with pudding is a great project for toddlers and preschoolers. The ideal age for this project is 2 years old and up, however, you can modify the project so that slightly younger children (in this case 1-year-olds and babies) can take part.
Finger painting with pudding only takes about 10 minutes, but this estimate does not include drying time. Overall, this project may take more or less time depending on your circumstances and your prior experience.
What You'll Need for the Project
You don't need very many materials to complete this project -- just household cardboard and finger painting paper or cookie sheets.
It also requires instant pudding in whatever colors or flavors you want. So if you're a fan of chocolate pudding, go for it. Vanilla lovers may not make as big of a splash with their finger painting, depending on the color paper you use.
If you have light colored paper, then vanilla pudding isn't likely to show up very well.
Lastly, you'll need a liquid of some sort, either milk or water.
Setting Up for Finger Painting
To begin, you'll need to mix up the instant pudding as directed on the package. Instead of using cold milk, you can use cold water.
Use whatever is most convenient for you. Put it in the refrigerator until it is set.
When the pudding is ready, you can use it on finger painting paper, household cardboard (like from cereal boxes), or you can even finger paint on a cookie sheet. For extra fun, you can cut out specific shapes from cardboard and finger paint them. This activity is not only perfect for the youngest kids' older kids will also enjoy it.
This activity is a great way to have quality time with your children. Because this project does take time, don't do it when you and the kids are rushed. Carve out some time on a lazy Sunday afternoon when no one is up against a time crunch.