Painting is fun

Painting is an enjoyable activity for young children; painting will help a young child develop fine motor skills and express feelings.

Painting is a way for young children to do many important things.

Painting is a way for young children to do many important things.

Painting is a fun and enjoyable activity for young children. Painting will help your young child develop his or her fine motor skills and express concepts and feelings. While participating in painting activities your young child will learn to judge space, size, colors, and lines. According to Penn State University Extension painting is a way for young children to do many important things such as convey ideas, express emotion, use their senses, explore color, explore process and outcomes, and create aesthetically pleasing works and experiences.

Michigan State University Extension recommends exposing your young child to numerous types of paints such as tempera, finger-paint, and watercolors, just to name a few. MSU Extension also recommends not only allowing your young child to paint using the traditional paint brush but to allow your child to experiment with different types of painting mediums such as:

  • String painting
  • Block Painting
  • Squeeze Bottle Painting
  • Splatter Painting
  • Blot Painting
  • Sand Painting
  • Object Painting
  • Finger Painting

As a parent, take time to enjoy painting with your young child. Painting with your young child is not only a lot of fun, but painting together is also a great bonding experience for you and your child. As you paint with your child, it is important to remember to let your child use his or her creativity and have the freedom to paint the way that he or she would like.

If you would like additional information and ideas about painting with your young child visit eXtension.com.

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