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Posted: Jan 12 2007 at 7:51pm | IP Logged Quote SeaStar

Is there a special advantage to buying paper specifically labeled as being for finger painting? I bought some at Target and don't think I am appreciating a special value over using ordinary paper (we had been using large leftover sheets of moving paper- the kind used to wrap glass).

What am I missing?

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Posted: Jan 13 2007 at 9:40am | IP Logged Quote hylabrook1

I think the fingerpainting paper is very smooth, almost shiny. The paint doesn't get absorbed into the grain of the paper, so you can move the paint over the surface. That's the fun of fingerpainting!

The paper from the glassware that I have used is more like newsprint, which is very absorbent. It works well for crayon and marker because they get into the grain of the paper and *stay put*. This might not be the kind of *moving paper* you have, so what you have might work just fine for fingerpainting.

Hope this helps.

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Posted: Jan 13 2007 at 9:17pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

If you feel that the packing paper is working well I wouldn't use something different. Like Nancy said the actual finger paint paper is coated so it does work better for sliding the paint around. There is a cheaper alternative to buying the expensive finger paint paper and that is butcher/freezer paper. It is also coated.

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Posted: Jan 13 2007 at 9:41pm | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

I bought the fp paper at target or kmart a couple years ago, and my kids still "poked through"...meaning they played and spread so much that it still absorbed and went through, even though it was coated. This past year i bought some from Lakeshore Learning, and it seems to be thicker and less absorbent, more coated.

Although, maybe it's because i'm being less generous with the amount i'm giving and that's why it's not soaking through or making holes.

I have also used butcher paper. And, we've used the rolls of packing paper too.

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