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Best Finger Paints


For children, few things are as fun as painting with their fingers. Finger paints give kids more control over their creative process without having to rely on brushes and allow them to create different types of art. Below, we discuss the best finger paints for helping children engage with art.

Best Quality

Crayola Washable Finger Paints, 6 Count, School Painting Supplies, Gifts for Kids, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Toy)

List Price: $18.99 USD
New From: $18.16 USD In Stock
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With this set of Crayola finger paints, kids can enjoy using paint bottles that don’t create a mess. The easy-squeeze bottles are made with flip-top caps to prevent spills. Each color is washable and easy to remove from both skin and clothing. The paints are safe and nontoxic, and are recommended for children ages 4 and up. The bright, bold colors allow kids to create art with different hues that can also be mixed. The vivid hues are highly pigmented and appear bold on both paper and canvas surfaces. Clean-up is easy using a mixture of soap and water.

Best Value

Crayola My First Finger Paint For Toddlers, Painting Paper Included, Gift (Toy)

List Price: $14.99 USD
New From: $13.96 USD In Stock
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The Crayola My First Finger Paint for Toddlers includes 10 sheets of glossy painting paper and four Crayola washable finger paints in red, yellow, blue and green. The set offers many hours of tactile stimulation and color mixing for plenty of fun. Each paint bottle is easy to open with the easy-squeeze tubes provided. The caps are attached, which prevents losing the tops or having to constantly unscrew them. All of the ingredients used are safe and non-toxic, and are recommended for children ages 2 and up. The paper included in the set is designed to prevent oversaturation while allowing children to mix different colors. The paint washes off easily by wiping off different surfaces with a clean rag.

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Crayola Washable Kids Paint, Classic Colors, 6 Count, Painting Supplies, Gift (Toy)

List Price: $3.99 USD
New From: $5.56 USD In Stock
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With the Crayola Washable Kids Paint set, children can express themselves with high-quality paint colors that are easy to apply and have a thick consistency. The paint is freeze-thaw stable and delivers consistent performance. The washable paint is easy to rinse off children’s skin and won’t stain clothes. It even washes off after drying and setting for several hours due to the gel formula. The nontoxic formula also makes it safe for children to use. The paints can be used on any type of surface for added versatility and fun. Brushes can also be used to apply the paint, which washes off easily even from brushes without leaving any residue behind.

With the U.S. Art Supply Tempera Paint Set, 18 vibrant shades are included to be used at your children’s disposal. All of the colors are easy to apply and have a creamy consistency for excellent coverage. The paint is high-quality and brightly pigmented, but still cleans up easily with soap and water. Parents and teachers won’t have to spend a lot of time scrubbing the paint to remove it from furniture or clothing. Each two-ounce bottle is made in the USA to deliver quality results. Some of the colors also shimmer and shine, contributing to their appeal. Whether used on posters or in coloring books, the paint colors are versatile and deliver excellent results once they dry.

Colorations Simply Washable Tempera Paints include a complete set of finger paints that have vibrant, beautiful color shades. The paint is rich and creamy and can be applied to non-greasy absorbent surfaces such as construction paper or drawing paper. The product is made in the USA and has a smooth consistency before it dries and a matte finish. Brushes, sponges and fingers can be used to apply the paint. It’s easy to wash off and doesn’t stain or leave any residue on skin, clothing or surfaces. The formula is nontoxic and safe to use for kids of all ages. It also doesn’t contain common allergens such as egg, gluten, casein, peanuts, tree nuts and soy. Once applied, it takes an average of 90 minutes to dry.

Expert Commentary

“Finger painting is a great multi-sensory activity for children of all ages and across the developmental spectrum. Some children are unsure of the feel of the paint at first. Don’t be discouraged, simply continue to introduce the child to the paint. I have found that some children who are initially less than excited about the feel of finger paints end up really getting into them. It is important to vary the medium where children create their finger paint masterpieces. Note that some finger paints are better than others for use on non-paper mediums.”

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Emily Watts is a mother of three (she has two adopted children and one foster child). She also is a licensed teacher with experience educating children in complex life situations. Emily has over seven years of experience in alternative education. She is passionate about children and specializes in helping those who may need a little extra attention or special care.