Art Project: Sticky Finger Painting
sweetened condensed milk
heavy paper or lightweight cardboard sheets
spoons to stir
cotton swabs for the texture averse
Clear hair gel (optional, for milk-allergies)
Although this project has nothing to do with animals, I explained that Eric Carle's style incorporated a lot of texture that the kids might be able to mimic when trying out fingerpaints.
Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? / Martin, Bill
Prep work: Pour about an inch deep puddle of sweetened condensed milk into each bowl, add a squirt of food coloring and stir.
What Kids Do: some kids preferred the fingertip-tiptoe method:
Unless... you really can't stand the feeling of stickiness on your hands (some kids REALLY hated it!) and then Miss Carissa will bring out cotton swabs for you to paint with. Ahhhh.... much better.
I had one young artist with a milk allergy, so I mixed some food coloring into clear hair gel for her to use.. Definitely a different result, but still pleasantly slippery to paint with!
-- If, like me, you're doing this activity with several groups back-to-back, allow yourself plenty of time to clean up between groups. Between sticky tables and mixing up fresh batches of paint, this one takes a bit of time to reset.
--For three classes of about 12 kids each, I used four cans of sweetened condensed milk.
--When this paint dries (and that can take a looooooong time, depending on how thickly they lay it on), it looks shiny!
--A bucket of water to rinse kids' hands is the easiest way to clean up, followed by a quick swipe with a wet-wipe and/or paper towel.
Variations to try:You can also do this project with brushes instead of fingers
Adult Challenge: Don't tell your child their artwork is "pretty." Instead, talk about the process--how does the paint feel? or make observations about the art -- That color is so blue! You're making lots of circles!