finger painting


: a technique of spreading pigment on paper chiefly with the fingers
also : a picture so produced

Examples of finger painting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Phillips, finger painting promotes fine motor development. Nicole Harris, Parents, 19 Aug. 2023 Each theme entry combines a color and a word related to fingers to create a term that is not actually related to finger painting: WHITE KNUCKLE, BLUE PRINTS and GREEN THUMB. New York Times, 10 July 2022 Watching pickleball or padel--surely available for the determined on ESPN2 or one of its offshoot channels, or if all else fails, on YouTube--then taking in an actual professional tennis match is like comparing finger painting to Picasso, the NBA's three-point shooting contest to a Finals Game 7. Arkansas Online, 28 Dec. 2022 For much of the night, Penn State’s 67-65 overtime win over Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Friday more closely resembled a finger painting than a Picasso. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 10 Mar. 2023 This collection renders the Ghanaian artist’s rich portraits — centering Black joy and interiority — in calculated brushwork and finger painting. New York Times, 9 Feb. 2023 Prince Louis was memorably captured after a messy multicolored finger painting session. Simon Perry,, 13 Sep. 2020 The hairs in your nose continue to beat after deathPaleolithic finger painting? Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 8 Oct. 2011 Decorate bookmarks, do some finger painting or make jellyfish out of paper bowls and yarn. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 29 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of finger painting was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Finger painting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

finger painting

: a method of spreading paint on wet paper chiefly with the fingers
: a picture produced by finger painting

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