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Finger Painting Painting Lesson Plan

LEVEL: Pre-school and Early Primary.


​Nothing is more fun for kids than having colourful, squishy paint all over their hands. To be creating a colourful masterpiece is just a bonus. Finger painting can also be great for the grown-ups. Look at what you can create with your fingers and some Super Tempera.

FAS Paints - Finger Painting Lesson
FAS Paints - Finger Painting Lesson

​You will need:

: Super Tempera poster paint or finger paint

: A plastic table top or cover a table with a plastic sheet.

: Large sheets of paper – not too thin paper.

: Soapy water in a bucket with a towel

: Apron, a cover sheet, newspapers, and paper towels for clean-up.

Super Tempera poster paint or finger paint
finger painting

Let’s get started:

Prepare the work area with a plastic sheet and put on the aprons.  Have water and paper towels ready.

Get an idea of what you are going to paint before you start. This will help with your colours. Blue for the sky or green for the grass background, etc.


To paint your background, use a single colour. 

Pour a small amount of paint into the fingers on one hand.  Keeping the other hand clean.  Rub the fingers together to move the paint around.  Once you have a good covering, rub the paint onto the paper to create a background.  Spread the paint around the paper as thin as you can to allow for quick drying and some of the uneven white of the paper to show through.

Clean hands between colours.

Painting Details:

The trick is to use one finger for each colour on the one hand only.  Dip the tip of your fingers into the paint to get a small amount of paint without getting too drippy.  It is important to keep one hand clean to keep everything under control.   

Dabbing a slightly painted finger is ideal for leaves, grass, insects and flowers.

Scratching:  To create a textured effect, you can scratch a colour while it is still wet.  It is ideal for leaves, tree trunks, clouds, grass and fur.

Highlighting can be achieved by slightly over-layering a colour with another.  This adds impact.

​Hang up and allow to dry.   


  • This is one of those lessons where less is more.  Too much paint and too many colours turn into a mess, and the paper will fall apart.

  • Try using a felt marker for highlights and details like eyes and whiskers.

  • Have an extra sheet of paper for testing your designs and the thickness of paint on your fingers.

  • ​Try black paper for impact.

  • ​Often, the first try is experimental, and the second try is the masterpiece.  

Share and enjoy

Tony Parker


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