Fingerprint Monsters and Dragons: Fun Art with Fingers Thumbs and Paint – And 100 Other Adventurous Creatures – Amazing Art for Hands-on Fun by Ilona Molnar will keep the little artists in your family very busy in the book and outside of it making monsters, trolls, bandits, dinosaurs, and more all with just their fingers and paint. The quick instructions at the beginning make it clear that this is a book to set kids on their creative way, although they can reference the book if they choose to make something specific and don’t know where to begin.
From one of the pages in the book: The Monster Closet
Using an ink pad or finger paints, kids can color one or all of their fingers to make a multitude of characters in the scenes within the book or on their own art supplies. Once the fingerprints are dried, they can then use their markers, pens, pencils, and stickers to create even more hilarious situations and actors. My daughter loved creating these fingerprint monsters, but we had to make a number of them at one time so that the first ones would dry enough for her to decorate them. It’s hard for kids her age to wait, but creating more makes it even more fun when they are all dry.
In this one, you can see some of her faces are hilarious, and there’s even a disabled spider (her words, not mine). My guess is that he had a run in with the person who owns this closet.
Fingerprint Monsters and Dragons: Fun Art with Fingers Thumbs and Paint – And 100 Other Adventurous Creatures – Amazing Art for Hands-on Fun by Ilona Molnar is a book that we’ll use more and more as she takes time over the summer to have fun before her fresh start in Kindergarten. I cannot wait to see what creations she comes up with next. These are even fun for adults, and would be a great addition to classrooms, preschools, and summer camps.