A little while ago I got a fun idea to make some gifts for Ayce’s grandmothers for Mothers’ Day. I figured I could introduce him to a new texture and try a new activity.
Something I do a lot of work on with Ayce during the day are activities that bring his awareness to his limbs. He does not have much purposeful movement in his arms or legs, so I like to help him learn what they are for. Sometimes I do finger play songs with him such as “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “Head and Shoulders”, or “Patty Cake”, or even simply clapping his hands and feet to music. Other times I use his hands to touch parts of my face and then parts of his face (“This is mama’s mouth, and this is Ayce’s mouth”, etc.).
This time, I made some quick and easy finger paints from this recipe: http://ecocrazymom.com/easy-peasy-eco-crazy-homemade-finger-paint-recipe/ . I think I overcooked them a bit, as the consistency was more like Jell-o jigglers, but I think it worked out really well. I took blobs of paint and put them directly onto our kitchen table, then I helped Ayce squish them around with his hands. He likes to make a “kneading” motion, which made for a fun pattern. I also helped him to walk around on the paint and let the paint squish through his toes. When we were both thoroughly covered with sticky paint, we went down and had a bath to wash it all off. When we came back upstairs I made prints of Ayce’s artwork by pressing sheets of plain white paper onto the table. Here are the results:
I think this is a great activity for all kids! There is nothing more fun than making a mess, and this paint cleans up easily with hot water.