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Preschool aged children love to paint. There are many painting activities that children can do that are both fun and educational.

Here are some ideas to get you started.

Finger Paint

Finger painting is fun for kids of all ages. You can buy store bought finger paint or make your own. Here is an easy recipe for making your own finger paint.


  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 c. cornstarch
  • 2 c. water
  • Food coloring
  • Liquid dish soap

Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and water in a small sauce pan and stir until well blended. Cook over low heat until the mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat and add a couple of drops of food coloring and a couple drops of liquid dish soap.

After the mixture cools it is ready for finger painting fun.

Edible Finger Paint

The only thing that is possibly more fun than finger painting, is finger painting with edible finger paint.

You can make an easy edible finger paint by preparing a small package of any flavor of instant pudding by following the directions on the package. Give each child a piece of paper and 2 tbsp. of prepared finger paint, and let them paint!

Another idea for edible finger paint is to add a couple of drops of food coloring to store bought whipped topping (whipped cream). Give each child a spoonful of colored whipped cream to finger paint with.

String Painting

An alternate way of learning by painting involves using a piece of string to create a picture.

Give each child a piece of yarn approximately 12 inches long and help them roll the piece of yarn in tempura paint. Let the child use the piece of yarn that has been dipped in paint to “paint” a picture by shaking it over a piece of paper or swirling it around on the paper to create fun and interesting designs.

Bubble Painting

You can make your own bubble solution by combining equal amounts of water and liquid dish soap in a small container. Add a couple of drops of food coloring of your choice.

Have your child use a drinking straw to blow bubbles in the bubble solution. Next have them use the straw to gently move the bubbles to a piece of paper. When the bubbles pop they will make fun prints on the piece of paper. Use different colors to make more colorful interesting pictures.

Vegetable Painting

For this painting activity you will need firm vegetables such as potatoes or carrots. You can also use fruits such as apples.

Help your child use a sharp kitchen knife to create shapes such as circles and triangles in the vegetables. You can also use cookie cutters to create interesting shapes.

Dip the vegetable or fruit into water color or tempura paint and then let your child stamp the shapes onto paper.

All of these painting activities are very inexpensive and easy for preschoolers and kids of all ages to do. All you need is a few items that you probably already have laying around the house. Make up a batch of finger paint today and let your kids have fun painting and creating.