Finger painting in itself is one of the simplest, most gratifying activities that we do. The sensory experience of paint gliding on the paper and squishing in your hands is messy and exhilarating. Its exciting to see the paint mix and move across the paper. And of course who could resist painting up your arm just a little bit? This week we added a new dimension to our finger paints. I supplied an apple holder from a box of apples that we had previously bought, it had great bumps and dips, mountains and valleys, it was also a little rough itself to the touch. Perfect for smearing paint all over! We only had one apple holder so I improvised with a puffy piece that also came with the box of apples and had the kids help me choose what to glue to the top of it to give it it’s own texture. This one even has a tunnel :). The boys loved painting, smearing, and smoothing the vibrant colors all over our textures creations. The vocabulary brought about by this activity was fun to listen to. They talked about rivers and mountains, tunnels and roads. We created mini landscapes, and got good and messy in the process!