Hands down painting with feet is my children’s favorite art activity. Feet are often forgotten as a wonderful tool for painting as well as exploring the sense of touch. Simple feet paintings combine both and are sure to bring on lots of giggles! Added bonus? You end up with gorgeous paintings that we often turn into homemade wrapping paper.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO PAINTING WITH FEET
long roll of butcher paper
tempera paints (red, blue, yellow and white)
something to hold the paper down (I used gallon size paint containers and rocks)
large bowl or hose for washing off paint
paper towels or rags for clean up
AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT ENHANCED THROUGH PAINTING WITH FEET
gross motor development (specifically balance)
HOW TO SET UP PAINTING WITH FEET
Roll out a long piece of white butcher paper (ours was about 15 feet long) and secure with some sort of weighted objects (we used gallon size paint containers and rocks).
Drizzle on small amount of red, yellow, blue and white paint. My children LOVED watching me do this!
Next give your children the opportunity to walk all over the paper. Be careful! It can be slippery. So much laughter occurred while painting with feet!
Color mixing was evident during this painting with feet experience. Luca: “Mama, look! I made so much green!” Me: “I didn’t put green on the paper. How did it get there?” Luca: “I mixed blue and yellow with my feet!”
Be prepared this activity can get a little messy especially if one of the children takes a little tumble. I had my kids put on clothes that we could easily throw in the washing machine. Even so, Charlotte slipped on the paint and become a human work of art!
Once dry the foot paintings make fantastic homemade wrapping paper. I roll it up like regular wrapping paper and we use throughout the year for holidays and birthdays. People always comment on how much they love it!
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