Finger painting is messy. Yep, it's very, very messy.
That's ok, in most circumstances. Your child's hands, face, arms and the
kitchen table will all wipe clean -- as long as you use washable paints. But,
there are some times when you just can't make a mess. That's where clay comes
in to play.
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- Cardboard- Reuse the front of an empty cereal box, cut apart the box that your new flat screen came in or recycle some other cardboard source. You can buy cardboard sheets from the craft store, but you might as well light your hard-earned cash on fire (or your debit card in the case that you -- like me -- never actually carry real paper money). Also, you MUST use cardboard or a thick board. Construction paper won't cut it for this activity, and the heavy clay will break or seep through.
- Modeling clay - You will need to get this from the craft store. Look for a soft clay that your little one's fingers can easily spread. If you can feel the clay through the packaging, go for it. If you get home and realize that the clay has clearly been sitting on the shelf since you were four, return it. Your child will go nuts trying to use hard clay for this project.
- Scissors - You'll be using these (see my note in the instructions).