Mark making with home made paint (6 months and older)

Home Learning

Scribbles are products of a systematic investigation, rather than haphazard actions.

What to do

Using non-toxic finger paint or home-made flour paint children can make marks on paper or a mirror. This gives your child a fun opportunity to explore the effect of their movements through a creative medium without creating much mess.

A recipe for home-made flour paint can be found here.

What is mark making?

Mark making allows children to express themselves and experience new materials other than pen and paper. Using paintbrushes, sticks or their hands is still considered making.

Austrian professor of art education, Viktor Lowenfeld explains the four stages of drawing in the single most influential textbook in art education, Creative and Mental Growth, 1949.

There is as much development that takes place during the stages of drawing as there is in the stages of writing. All mark making is central for children to learn to write.

Finger painting

Learning outcomes

  • Gross and fine motor skill development crucial for later handwriting
  • Hand-eye co-ordination
  • Creative expression and representation: allowing for communication of feelings or the telling of a story
  • Cognitive development: enhances leaning through new experiences and exciting materials.
  • Development of critical thinking to use for later more complex artworks of expression or complicated task problem solving

Encourage your child

  • What colour paint do you feel like using?
  • Do you like how the paint feels?
  • What are you making?
  • That is a great colour!
  • That is a good picture!
  • Wow! That is very clever!
  • What a great story I can see in your picture!