Paper Placemats with Homemade Finger Paint
Ask a local restaurant for some paper placements. In the alternative, take a few sheets of sturdy construction paper, preferably white or off white. Prepare homemade finger paint by mixing one cup of white flour with four cups of water and bringing the mix to a boil. After about a minute, take it off the heat and spoon it into four plastic cups. Let the mix cool a bit and add -- to three of the cups – a few drops of food coloring. Go for the primary colors: red, yellow, and blue.
Into the fourth cup, drop a bit of lemon or peppermint extract, or even a bit of cinnamon. Use a paintbrush and encourage the toddler to follow suit. Paint on the paper and go for long strokes. Suggest that no toddler art project would be complete without some grass and mix together a bit of blue and a bit of yellow paint. Next, mix together a bit of yellow and red, to make orange. This could be used for a flower. Explore what will happen to mixed green and yellow, or red and blue.
As the toddler continues to paint and experiment, the visual aspects of mixing and matching colors will soon become so fascinating that s/he is likely to only use the paint brush for mixing, but will rely on fingers to put the paint to paper. Introduce the scented white paint. Encourage a mixing of white and red, for a delightfully odoriferous pink. Continue in this vein until the toddlers’ artwork is created. Let the paper dry, and hang it up. Proudly display toddler art projects in the daycare facility.