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Fingerprint Art Activities for Children

Mukta Gaikwad
As parents, we always open new avenues for our children to learn. Painting is one such way of putting imagination to creative use. One of the simplest forms of painting is finger-painting. There are no other tools required! Let's look at some of the easiest fingerprint art activities that children can do.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
― Pablo Picasso
A child's curiosity is his biggest teacher. It is the way in which this curiosity gets channelized and answered that determines the lessons learned. A great deal of effort and creative outlook goes into raising children with an independent thought process.
One way of keeping children creatively occupied and making them think out of the box is through simple art activities.
The interesting thing about art is that it is universal in the mundane. If you ever take a look at the simplest of art activities, all it truly involves is your imagination!
Here, we are going to explore different ways in which you can make fingerprint art activities for children enjoyable. All you need here is your fingers, toes, and ample of paint. So let's get started in discovering the joy of simplicity.

Fingerprint Art Ideas

Fingerprint Family

The fingerprint family idea is a great way of letting kids express their familial relationships. To make this painting, pick a different color for all the family members. Take your child's fingers and make as many impressions as that of family members.
Now, make impressions for the faces too, with varying skin colors to resemble your family members. Once the colors are dry, take a pen and complete the thumb figures with details of their clothes, accessories, facial expressions, and features. Of course, do not forget to draw your darling pet too in the picture!

Fingerprint Garden

Early school-goers learn about basic and popular flowers in a garden. Use this opportunity to include some subtle learning through your painting class this time. Make a flower garden with finger-painting.
Make use of all the flower colors, and finish the remaining touches with a pen. Keep turning your thumb sideways to make the petals. And to give your flowers some definition, outline them with contrast crayons.

Fingerprint Pillowcases

This activity will require a little tact and planning. You will need to use fabric paint as opposed to regular paint. Think of your design beforehand so that you don't spoil the pillowcase.
A great fingerprint pillowcase idea is―let your children dip their hands in different color paints, and leave their hand impressions on the pillowcase. Below each pair, let them write their names, with a sweet message for their parents.

Fingerprint Bookmarks

It is no easy task getting children into the habit of reading books. But here's a tip that could work. Give them an incentive to read books using creative fingerprint bookmarks, which they themselves have made.
All you need are strips of paper, different color ribbons, and paint. Let them paint the bookmarks with flowers, figures, caterpillars, and other such objects, as long as these little creations serve as a motivating factor for them to read books.

Fingerprint Invitation Cards

The old school system of mail is long gone. But, here's how you can revive it, and actually post custom-made invitation cards to your friends and family. Fingerprint invitation cards are a constructive way of putting your child's holidays to use.
Pick an occasion for which you will be making the invitation cards. You can make assorted designs or go completely abstract to make your colorful invitation cards with just the power of your fingers.

Fingerprint Objects

There are several other fingerprint objects which one can make. The real trick lies in twisting your fingers at various degrees, and finishing the drawings with a few details.
Some simple objects which you can create are:

• Trains
• Bookworms
• Butterflies
• Hearts
• Flowers
• Bees
• Peacocks
• Snowmen
• Trees
• Animals
• Rainbows
• Watercraft
Give your little artist a palette, wet cloth, supply of clean water, ample of paint bottles (as you can trust children to dip colored fingers in bottles without much consideration), and most importantly, participate with them as they create their masterpieces.
Let the main aim of this activity be enjoyment, instead of planned creation. After all, having fun is the best way of learning something new.