Benefits of Finger Painting for Kids

Finger painting may look messy but it has many cognitive and social benefits. Arts and crafts for kids play a vital role in the development of their creative and intellectual abilities.

Apart from kid’s creativity, it is one of the crafts for kids that includes all the senses and can help your kid to relax and express their feelings. You can also strengthen your bond with your child by joining them in their finger painting or fun crafts.

In finger painting, a kid uses his to make abstract arts so it always gets messy if you don't pay attention. While doing finger painting always make sure to provide your child with safe paint.

Below I have given a simple formula to make safe finger paint at home.

Making Finger Paint at Home:

First, take these Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 2 1/2 cups cold water

  • 2 cups hot water

  • Food coloring


  • Mix the flour and salt. Add the cold water. Beat until smooth.

  • Then slowly add the hot water and boil until clear. Beat until smooth.

  • Now divide the mixture and add the food coloring of your choice.

If you are buying finger paint then you should always buy washable finger paints. They don't stain clothes. With this, you can freely have fun with your child.

Here is a list of items you will need to get your kid started with finger painting.

  • Washable Finger Paints

  • Finger paint sponges

  • Kids painting apron

  • Finger paint brushes and rollers

Your kid can have all the just even if all the above items are not available. But having them will surely add up to the fun.

Benefits of Finger Painting:

  • It employs all the senses (Touch, sight, smell, taste for edible paint) and this sensory integration helps increase the sensory skills of your kid and later helps in learning subjects like maths and language concepts.

  • It is a very engaging activity that improves the concentration of the kid.

  • It helps in the intellectual development of the kid.

  • It helps the kid to focus more on the process than the final result

  • The child learns about their colors and how to create new colors by mixing and playing with them

  • It boosts the imagination of kid and makes them more creative

  • It is relaxing and helps your kid to express themselves freely

  • As the kid uses his hands to do the painting, it enhances fine motor skills and cognitive skills of the kid.

  • It helps develop better and positive social bonds between the group who are painting together.