How learning to paint can benefit our children.
We spent most of the weekend painting and playing at the boys request. In all honesty I forgot Just how much my boys love painting The reality is in my experience all Kids love to paint however It is an activity most parents avoid because let’s be truthful its messy and more than a simple activity! It can be fun and fulfilling plus you only need paint and paper. One of my boys likes to do it all neat and control whilst the other decorates the house and himself during the process. This weekend we painted to the extreme – why not if we have it out and we are getting messy we might as well go the whole hog.
We created a play mat for the boys playmobil, painted some wood space rockets we got for Christmas and finished off with making some wrapping paper for nanny’s birthday (take a look at the projects section to see how to). It was great fun and they really enjoyed themselves.
So why is allowing children to explore and learn with paints beneficial?
- Painting is more than a simple activity it allows children to express their creativity, emotions and have tons of fun.
- Painting is a way for children to convey ideas without speech. Children who learn to paint learn to think with an open mind, express themselves, learn to make decisions about what works and what doesn’t on their own leading them to develop their brain as a result they improve their critical thinking skills.
- Painting can offer them relief from everyday stresses. They can lose themselves from their mind and thoughts for a few moments. The feeling of accomplishment from completing a project can help them replace negative feelings about other things helping their aesthetic development.
- When we allow our children to paint and draw in their own way, being free with colour, shapes and without technique. They learn to trust themselves and their instincts. Whilst developing their fine motor skills.
- They can explore colours by mixing whilst exploring process and outcome.
- Children can gain a skill they can be proud of and learn how to accomplish a goal. If painting with others the interaction can boost their social skills and confidence. The response they receive from others towards their art work can boost their self-confidence and esteem.
Well hopefully after reading this I may have inspired you to get painting with your children. You can use non-toxic poster paints (mix in some washing up liquid to the paint if your concerned about it coming out of clothes it helps!) water colours, magic paints/books, fingers, sponges, brushes, For young children you could use ear buds to create dotty pictures or toy cars work well with boys roll the car wheels in paint then on to paper to create marks etc. Don’t forget to take a look at the project section on my website for ideas to inspire you.
Relax, Enjoy and have fun exploring paint. xxx
‘Sit back and Watch a child painting and you will see a fully engaged child!’