Exploring feet with Dr. Seuss

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on March 1, 2012

in Children's Books, Creative Art, Foot Painting, The Foot Book

After reading the “The Foot Book” by Dr. Seuss, I thought the kids might enjoy painting with their feet…

There are so many ways we could have approached foot painting but since these children are our oldest children, I thought the best way would be to let them explore the process as much on their own as they could…

 

To contain the paint somewhat, I set out large boxes with paper and some paint. The children sat in a chair next to their box and were invited to paint their own feet…

Miss Abby and I rolled up pant legs, sleeves, and gave each child a paint smock. Yes, we were trying to keep the foot painting in the box and off the clothes but this can get a little tricky. In the past, I have had children walk across a long sheet of paper but it can get a little slippery. Because I wanted the children to run the process independently, I decided to “contain” the process a bit – so we used the big boxes…

I set out paint and paint brushes and had the children go for it. The children added paint to their own feet but occasionally, I helped add a little more paint too…

The children then would walk around the box and then sit down to add more paint as desired…

Some of the children needed reminded that in order to actually make footprints on the paper, they needed to paint the bottom of their feet instead of the top…

We had lots of giggles along the way. Did you know it tickles more when the teacher paints your feet then when you paint your own?

The children enjoyed this fun process of painting and leaving foot prints. We ended up with four very beautiful footprint painted murals that I have saved…

After completing our footprint painting, each child dipped their feet into his or her own small tub of water and used sponges to wash their feet, legs, arms, and hands…

Miss Abby and I helped a bit with the cleanup process too. The children enjoyed washing their feet just as much as painting with them…

A little messy but super fun!

For more great Dr. Seuss ideas, check out the links I have saved here on my Delicious Stack of Dr. Seuss activities!

You can find purchase “The Foot Book” at Amazon by clicking the link below…

 

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1 Creative and Curious Kids! March 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I did this with little man a couple of weeks ago and he loved it! I still have his foot mural hanging across our dining room wall. :) Love the foot book! Also- when I student taught in K, I painted the kids feet yellow and made a class mural of foot chicks. It was so cute! We added details- mouth eyes legs and I pasted oatmeal for chick food.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Oh what a cute idea! I haven’t seen footprint chicks:)

3 Nadine March 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm

How many kids do you have in your class? This looks like so much fun but hard to do with 18. Maybe in warmer weather, outside? But only if a hose can be brought out?

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Hi Nadine,
I have done this both with large groups and small groups. In a large group setting, I roll out a long sheet of butcher paper and have the children sit at one end to get their feet painted then walk to the other end – then sit and have their feet washed off. Yes, going outside will make it easier but the clean up isn’t all that bad if you organize the activity in such a way that it is still fun but manageable!

5 anna rogers March 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm

YOU ARE THE MOST TALENTED, CREATIVE TEACHER EVER! THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR IDEAS. I WISH I COULD HAVE HAD A GREAT CLASS TO GO TO DAILY WHEN I WAS A CHILD. YOUR CHILDREN OBVIOUSLY HAVE A LOT OF FUN WHILE LEARNING. ALL PRESCHOOL CLASSROOMS SHOULD BE AS INTERESTING!

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Thank you Anna – what a sweet comment:)

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