This is the first painting activity our twins ever did. The above picture is actually their very first piece of art work. When they were about 5 months old, we dipped their feet in paint and helped them kind of prance around on the paper. We have since repeated the activity several times, embracing their growing independence each time.
Lay out a floor covering.
Put down a large piece of paper.
Squirt paint out on large trays or plates.
Prepare feet cleaning supplies. I usually just use wet wash cloths, but I also used a bucket of soapy water and some towels when I was a preschool teacher and this also worked well. If you are doing this with a toddler or preschooler, having a designated space for them to sit is helpful. Either a chair for each child or a line of tape - somewhere for them to remove their shoes and socks and then return to for feet washing when they are done.
Invite your child to do some feet painting. In the event that they are infants, cheerful explain that "you are going to paint with your feet today!" Remove socks and shoes and, in the case of infants and toddlers, pants are also a good idea. Our babies painted in their diapers. Put the clothes out of reach of the painting area.
Help your child dip their feet in paint and then walk around on paper. For younger babies this will require more help, but even older children may want to hold a hand while they walk. Your feet are very slippery when they are covered in paint. I have actually tried it, mostly out of curiosity, and they really do slide around quite a bit.
Encourage them to try different colors and try stepping in different ways. Exploring the slippery texture of paint.
When you are done, have older children help clean off their feet or help a younger child wipe off the paint.
Remove the paint trays and hang the painting to dry.
Then remove the floor covering.
Wet wash clothes or other access to feet cleaning supplies
Large trays or plates for paint
* Talk to your children about all they ways they make footprints - perhaps in the mud outside?
* Go splashing in puddles - do you see feet prints there? What happens when you walk down the side walk with wet boots?
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