15 Reasons to finger paint with your toddler

finger paints

    Kids can learn informally about mixing and exploring colours.


    Sensory integration is promoted.


    All the senses are involved: seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and (if you use edible paint) tasting!


    Finger painting strengthens the finger and hand muscles, thereby improving fine motor development .


    The development of hand-eye coordination is supported.


    If you place the paper on the floor, large muscle control and balance could be improved.


    Finger painting is easier for little fingers that are not yet ready to manipulate a brush with skill.


    This is a non-prescriptive way of promoting children’s self-expression.


    There is a focus on the process, not on the end result or the finished product.


    Finger painting is therapeutic – children can express their feelings visually without using words.


    It stimulates creativity and imagination.


    Finger painting is an excellent way of creating shared art work with a group of kids working together.


    The finished art work and the process are stimulation points for discussion on the creative process, the colours, the themes, the design etc , thus language development is promoted.


    Kids learn that they can manipulate and be in control of their surroundings.


    It is MESSY, which also means it is FUN!

American Museum of Natural History 19th Annual Halloween Celebration


Celebrate Halloween at the American Museum of Natural History. On Thursday, October 31, from 4-7 p.m., the Museum’s halls will be filled with trick-or-treating, live performances by David Grover and the Big Bear Band, arts and crafts, special appearance by creatures from the Big Nazo Lab, and roaming characters including Curious George, Miffy, Wild Things, Clifford the Big Red Dog and even Teddy Roosevelt!

Admission is $11 per person ($10 for Museum members). Purchase online at amnh.org or call 212-769-5200. Tickets are also available at the door.

The LEGO Store Flatiron District

Flat Iron Building

Located at 200 5th Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets, the LEGO Store Flatiron District is a whopping 3,500 square feet.

The LEGO Store Flatiron District will host its grand opening on Columbus Day weekend, with festivities kicking off on Friday from 4-6 p.m. As part of the celebration, LEGO Master Builders will be constructing a 20-foot-tall LEGO model of the Statue of Liberty in nearby Madison Square Park throughout the holiday weekend, and everyone is invited to help. (All participants will receive a “Certificate of Achievement” for taking part.) The statue will remain on display in the park after its completion for several days. (In store, LEGO will be rewarding customers who make minimum purchases with a different LEGO premium each day of the grand opening festivities.)