No Mess Finger Painting

I've been seeing blog posts for no mess finger painting for a while now and decided to give a go this weekend.  I have to say the best part was watching them touch it and be shocked that there was nothing on their hands afterward.

Things to keep in mind if you give it a try:

  • My kids lost interest after 3 minutes (3.5 years and 20 months) but I have kept it out and they regularly return to it.
  • We used tempura paint, finger paint and glitter paint.  The different textures really provide a nice sensory experience (I find myself returning to them to touch them too.)
  • Be aware of nails - scratching holes in the zip lock bags.  After I showed the children how to touch the paint baggies, they didn't scratch again
  • It works even better after the first few hours.

Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building