DIY fingerprint paint pads and bugs

I love all the different bugs, animals, people, and other designs you can make through the use of fingerprint art and recently, I found a way to make the fingerprint painting process a better experience for the children by making my own DIY fingerprint paint pads…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads

I have tried different kinds of painting pads for printing and even washable ink stamp pads for printing but trying to add just the right amount of paint to my paint pads or keeping the colors of my ink stamp pads from getting all mixed up and mucky has been a challenge…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

So I tried a new type of paint pad. I picked up a few packages of “Handy Shammy” from the Dollar Tree…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

Cut a shammy into smaller pieces then get them wet and wring out the water. Next add a small puddle of paint on top of each piece of shammy and rub it in with your finger or a paint brush. I just used my finger…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

And now you have a paint pad that absorbs the paint just a bit but keeps the paint usable for print making. If the paint on the shammy starts to get all used up, just add a little more and rub it in again. We didn’t have to add more paint but it would have been no problem to do so…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

We used our paint pads for two different projects in preparation for our Mother’s Day Tea party including making place cards for our tables…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

And for decorating our gift bags for our parent gifts. Because the paint doesn’t go onto the paper too thick, the children could go ahead and add their legs or faces or other features to their fingerprints without having to wait for the paint to dry…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

When finished, the pieces of shammy can be rinsed out and set aside to dry for use again or just tossed in the trash if you are in a place where you need a quick paint pad but don’t want to save them when you are done. And mixing the colors on the shammy paint pads can be part of the fun without having to worry about having mucky colors or ruining your expensive ink stamp pads…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

Oh, and we supplied small pieces of damp paper towels for those who preferred to wipe their fingers off between colors but not every child was all that worried about it…

DIY Fingerprint Paint Pads by Teach Preschool

By the way, I have only tried this with the Shammy from the Dollar Tree so it may work differently depending on the kind of shammy you would buy and I haven’t tried adding paint to a dry shammy – only a wet one.

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By | May 19th, 2013|Categories: DIY, Painting|Tags: , , , , , , |11 Comments

Our preschool parent Christmas gifts and cards

For our parent Christmas gift, each of the children participated in making a class cookie recipe book…

We had spent time a few weeks earlier looking at cookie recipes and exploring terms like recipe, ingredients, measurements, oven temperature, degrees, cooking time, and so forth….

Then we created our own cookie recipe as a group…

The children were then asked to draw a picture of their own cookie and give us the name of their cookie, the ingredients, and the baking instructions.

I made copies of the children’s drawings and typed up their “recipes” then put them all together in a book for each child to take home as the parent gift…

Before sending the recipe books home, I read one copy to the children during circletime…

For the cover of the book, the children made cookie cutter prints on white paper…

Once the cookie cutter printed paper was dry, I cut the paper in half and saved it for the cover of our recipe books…

The entire process was done over a span of three weeks. We worked on each part of the gift one little piece at a time…

Parent Christmas Card

For our parent card, the children used a marker, paints, and their fingertips to make a string of Christmas lights.

Most of the children drew their own light string but some of the children requested help with the string…

The children dipped their finger in the paint to add the lights to their strings…

Although the cards were similar, they still each had their own uniqueness and the children’s special fingerprints to personalize them a bit…

After the cards were completely dry, the children folded them in half and drew a picture on the inside of the card for their parents…

This completed our parent cards and we attached them to the gifts once they were all wrapped up…

 

By | December 23rd, 2011|Categories: Christmas|Tags: , , , , |9 Comments

Simple fall leaf finger painting in preschool

This is such a simple idea that can be used for all seasons. Children who don’t really like to get their hands messy will usually try this without a worry…

To make these fall leaves, mix up a little paint with glue then set out a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper…

 

Put a glob of each color of glue/paint on the wax paper then place another sheet of wax paper over the top…

Invite your students to rub their fingers or hands on top of the wax paper to spread the paint around….

If the wax paper on top tears during this process, just peel it off the torn piece and add a new piece. Some of our students really liked to rub hard so we had to replace a couple of our top layers of wax paper. I encouraged the children to try using their finger to move the paint around the paper too…

Once the paint is spread out between the two sheets of wax paper, then set it all aside to dry.  After the painted, wax paper dries, the wax paper will become a little stiff (from the glue/paint mixture)…

I cut away the non-painted part of the wax paper and then hung our wax paper leaves in the window…

I used this process last year too to make a pumpkin.  We used orange paint and added construction paper eyes and a nose after the children spread out the paint – then set them aside to dry. Lots of ways to vary this idea and simple too!

By | October 16th, 2011|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , , , , |16 Comments