Wax paper finger painting for all seasons!

This is a fun activity that can be adapted to any holiday or season or theme! ┬áSee the instructions below….

What you will need:

  • Glue
  • Finger paint or tempera paint (choose colors based on what theme you are exploring)
  • Wax paper
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch


Gather the supplies

Mix one part glue to two parts paint

Drop the paint/glue mixture onto a sheet of wax paper

Let child finger paint on the wax paper …..

or place another sheet of wax paper on top of the paint….

And rub until the paint is spread out and the two sheets of wax paper are flattened together.

Now let dry overnight

Once the painted wax paper is dry, it will be stiff and easy to cut out a shape!

This shape was cut into a heart and taped to a window!

This shape was cut into a pumpkin and a length of yarn was added to hang up.

Construction paper eyes and mouth were added before the painting dried as well!

Have fun mixing colors and singing this “Mixing Colors” song too!


  1. says

    I have never done this kind of painting before! I love it too! “2” of my favorite things…paint and glue …oops “3” …can’t forget those fingers! I can’t wait to try it and pass on the adventure!

  2. says

    Kudos to you! I absolutely love your blog. This is a great resource. As a children’s librarian, I love the article you wrote on “Books and Technology.” There is nothing like seeing the excitement on a child’s face when they are being read to. Keep up the good work!!!! If you ever get a chance visit littlestorybug’s channel on youtube to see my preschool videos.

  3. says

    I had to let you know—I did these shortly after you posted them. The kids loved them! Today, some of the friends started getting out supplies for painting and kept asking for the “special paper”. I showed them several types of paper before I realized they wanted the wax paper! You can always tell when something has become a favorite activity, when the kids select all the materials to do a project again independently! Thanks for making me smile today as I watched my little artists work!