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Feet Painting
2010/1/8 17:30
From Beijing
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In order to service you better, the Institute will be posting activties on a monthly basis for teachers that want to apply MI in the classrooms and parents that want to conduct MI activities at homes.  These activities are pulled from our partner schools and are written by researchers and experienced educators.  We welcome your comments and additions to the activity list to enrich the community.

Activity Title

Feet Painting

Triggered Intelligences    

  • Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence
  • Linguistic Intelligence
  • Spatial Intelligence
  • Intrapersonal Intelligence

       Suggested Ages

    *   Three

    Learning Domains

*   Art

 and Equipment

1. Two trays (for holding paint)
2. Liquid paint (to put in trays)
3. Long sheets of paper one for each child (to walk across)
4. Plastic Tub (for washing feet)
5. Towel (for drying feet)


1. Mix two different colors of paint.
2. Pour each of the colors into each of the trays.
3. Lay down long sheets of paper.
4. Place the trays at one end.
5. Place the plastic tub and towel (with warm water) at the other end.


1. Before the children begin, talk to them about the different ways people can paint… “Sometimes people use brushes to paint, sometimes they use their hands. Do you think they can use their feet?
2. Have children remove their shoes and socks, and roll up their trousers.
3. Hold a child’s hand as he/she steps into the trays of paint (one foot in each of the trays), and then on to the paper.
4. Let go of the child’s hand as he/she walks across the paper.
5. Children should be allowed to walk through the paint and across the paper as many times as they like.


When children are engaged in this activity, your questions and suggested inquiries should not be limited to the examples below. Think beyond the suggestions given to talk with children. Have real life conversations about the activity they are participating in so you can gain an understanding of what they already know and what they might want to know more about.
To keep it safe have only one child at a time painting with his/her feet. If a child wants to walk across his/her paper more than once, have that child turn back, and while walking on the paper go back for more paint.
When a child is waking through the paint you can ask how it feels, use descriptive words such as slippery, smooth, and cold etc.

This activity can be extended by: 

reading books about feet i.e. One Foot Two Foot Red Foot Blue Foot by Dr. Seuss


We would love to hear your feedback and discussion on the following questions:
What is "MI" about this?
What else would you like to do with this kind of activities?
Are there other activities relating to  these Intelligence?

Posted on: 2010/11/24 12:49

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