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Finger Painting – 4 Season Hand Trees

Updated: Jan 12

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Finger paint a spring, summer, winter and autumn trees.




​It is a fun, engaging, colourful project that you can spread over four school painting lessons. It is a great way to get children thinking about the colour of the four seasons. It is always a lot of fun getting your hands covered in paint.



​You Will Need:

  • Super Tempera Poster Paint or Total Wash Paint.

  • Paper 4 sheets

  • Hand Towels and plastic protective cover sheets.

  • Bowls of water for cleaning hands between colours.

  • Shallow Paint Trays or ice cream container lids

  • Brushes - optional 


​Let’s Get Started:


Brown Tree:

There are two ways to paint the brown tree. You can either paint hands and wrists with a brush in a brown tempera paint or spread the paint on a flat washable (wipe-able) surface and lay your hand in the paint, making sure you get the wrist for the trunk.

Make sure you have a good covering but not too drippy. Try one first to get comfortable with the correct paint loading.

While the hands are brown, do the other three seasons' tree prints.


​Seasons:

Show photos of the 4 seasons and talk with the children about the seasons and the colours they see. Have paint handy so you can ask if the class can see this colour in the photos.

Once you have selected your colours, pour the paint colours of the season that you are painting into the trays. Use your fingertips to create leaves, grass, bugs, sun, rain, sky, or flowers by making small, colourful fingerprints.


Try to use only the fingers of one hand at a time. This helps with cleaning.


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