Yesterday we went shopping and as part of our weekly essentials I popped a set of finger paints into our trolley.
Because not only is painting a large part of our week, there are also several benefits to letting your child explore their talents and express themselves through paint.
Benefits of painting with your children
- Painting a picture can help a child to communicate their emotions and make sense of their world, events in their life or new experiences.
- Through the use of colour a child can safely express how they are feeling without needing to communicate in words.
- Painting offers an educatonal opportunity that is fun and exciting
- While painting children develop their hand- eye coordination.
- Painting also helps to develop mobility skills as children use their hands to hold the brush and make movements with their wrists.
- Children learn to focus whilst painting.
- Painting teaches children about textures, when using different paints, brushes and canvas or paper textures.
- Painting also helps to develop a child’s imagination and creativity.
- Children learn about colours and colour mixes as they create their paintings.
- Painting assists in teaching critical aspects of the preschool curriculum like shapes, colours, sizes, patterns and design.
- When painting your child is using decision making skills, deciding on which colours to use next, or what to paint where.
- Painting can also form part of therapy to a child by helping them to express themselves and make sense of a situation or emotion by painting it and talking about the painting afterwards.
- When you paint with your child you spend valuable time with them helping you to bond.
We paint at least once a week and I have taken to leaving all Hamish’s paints at his level so that he can choose to paint whenever he would like to.
How often do you paint together?