Finger painting activity: Learning Spanish colors

What makes a great learning activity for children? Finger painting is a good way for children to learn about sensory and language skills. Many children enjoy the messy display of colors and paint onto a paper.

As a matter of fact, most children enjoy creating while learning. In this project, finger painting shows kids how to combine primary colors to get secondary ones. How is this possible?

Finger painting dab on colors

When you combine the primary colors red and yellow, the secondary color orange shows up. When you combine the primary colors yellow and blue, the secondary color green appears. When you combine the primary colors red and blue, the secondary color purple emerges.

Here are the color combinations:

red + yellow = orange

yellow + blue = green

red + blue = purple

Children can practice coloring and knowing the different color combination. Finger paint is one way they can practice primary and secondary colors.

Coloring by simply using crayons, markers, and colors pencils can also help children explore the many variety of color arrangement. This method is great when you don’t want to mess with finger paint and cleaning up.

However, exploration of colors with finger paint is an activity that not only preschoolers can enjoy but young children can. The worksheets can also help you educate children about colors and bilingual terms. The coloring rainbow and the coloring page have English and Spanish terms. The following are the materials and instructions you need to complete this project.

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  • Paper (sketching or drawing)
  • Finger paint (red, blue, yellow washable paint for kids)
  • Patterns of geometric shapes
  • Paper plate
  • Tissue paper (pieces or scraps)
  • Tag board paper (sturdy construction paper or manila folder)
  • Safety scissors


  1. Print out the patterns from the Math Worksheet section
  2. Trace these shapes onto tag board paper. If you don’t have tag board paper, simply use an old manila folder or sturdy construction paper
  3. Cut the shapes out and set aside
  4. Place old newspaper or cloth on working surface
  5. Place three small amounts of the red, blue, and yellow finger paints for kids
  6. Wrinkle a small scrap of tissue paper; set aside
  7. Place the cut out shapes onto the drawing paper
  8. Mix the primary colors to give the secondary colors: yellow and blue give green, red and yellow give orange, and blue and red give purple
  9. Use the wrinkled tissue paper to dab the colors
  10. Dab around the shapes
  11. Gently lift the shapes from the drawing paper
  12. Continue with as many shapes as you want

The possibilities are endless. After assembling and rearranging the shapes, you can create patterns of shapes or a pretty picture. You can also find these and other great free worksheets in the Language section.

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.


  1. Momfever on at

    I used to love fingerpainting as a kid. And my kids loved it too when they were little. Now they’re teenagers, and they literally paint their fingers. Their nails, that is.

    • That’s very funny, finger painting for fingernails, paper, you name it.

  2. I love it! I never thought to use tissue paper for painting–my kids would love the novelty of that. And they love mixing colors–thanks for the great ideas.

    • It’s something to use in case you don’t have paintbrushes. Plus, they make great blots of paints.

  3. mommacan on at

    Really cute art. The heart stencil would make an adorable Valentine.

    • I’m so glad you like it. The shapes were so easy to use to make this craft.

  4. This looks like a lot of fun. We have been experimenting with water colour lately. Looking at what happens when you mix the colours the kids love to see the colours. Thanks for sharing all the fun activities to do while painting.

    • I’m so glad you liked the painting craft for the kids. We love to paint, and this open the opportunity to see what happens to primary colors.

  5. Dianne Tanner on at

    Kindergartners are exciting to teach because they are curious about the world and are constantly absorbing new information. At this age, children often choose favorite colors and pay special attention to the colors of clothes they wear. Take advantage of their curiosity by teaching them about the primary colors in a way that will help them develop a love of learning.

    • Colors are amazing learning tools to teach children, especially kids between 3-5, about how colors mix to give other beautiful colors.

  6. I always loved painting in school, it was so much fun to mix colors. I love mixing until I came up with a new color too. This is a great idea, thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you for your feedback. We always loved coloring and painting.

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