Does your child have interest in painting? You must encourage him or her to paint as it helps in development of fine controlling talents besides firing up creativity and imagination. Learn more about how painting can help in motor development of children.
Kids really enjoy painting and if they are left with paints and colour on a large piece of paper, you will be surprised to have some wonderful pictures. Most often parents do not realize this and this is mainly because they do not know that painting is a great child activity that helps in overall development of the child. Parents often do not give a free hand to the toddlers with paints and colours only with the fear of seeing a mess all around.
Finger painting is one of the most ideal forms of painting because it appeals to children of all ages. It is not just fun for the child, but is creative and helps to develop both physical and social skills. From the youngest child who is exploring texture and playing with colours to the older child using his or her imagination and concentration to create unique and delicate pictures, all children can benefit from this activity.
Let us take a look at the benefits of painting for children. Please make sure that you give safe and non-toxic paints to your children and supervise them when they are using it.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
When children are very young, say toddlers, they are not worried about the end product. For them painting is a time to explore and investigate materials. They play with the finger painting on a large piece of paper, simply enjoying the feel of it and seeing interesting designs that come out when they move their fingers dipped in different colours.
It has been observed that self esteem is developed when they master a new skill and create a personal record. When this is done as a social activity, children share paints, work together and appreciate each other’s work.
Painting encourages the development of fine controlling talents and these children have better hand and eye coordination. Interesting results come out even though the activity is full of fun for children especially for the younger ones. If this activity is allowed on the floor, children learn using skills of better balance and muscle control and they develop spatial awareness as well.
With the help of creativity and imagination, children learn to express and represent their ideas. They learn about different types of shapes, colours and spatial relationships. If they are allowed to mix and make paints, they will come to know how materials and colours change when they come in contact with other colours.
Communication and Language Development
Many children enjoy painting and playing with colours. They even express their feelings in much better way when they are left with colours. In fact, art work can become a wonderful and very useful source of communicating with a small child. You can talk about colour, texture and shapes when he or she is painting and this will help him or her remember things without any effort as well.
Different Types of Paintings
Here are two different types of paintings which you can help your children explore.
Just like finger painting, stamping is also one of the best ways for your child to have fun and express feelings. You can put washable and safe paint in a tray and pin a large piece of paper so that your child uses his or her whole hand to stamp print on the paper. You will be surprised to find the high level of happiness on his or her face.
Painting with Different Items
You can provide him or her with sponge, blocks, thick brushes, vegetables to dip in the paint and make any design he or she wants on the paper. It is important here to separate the notion of skill and creativity. It is not necessary that your child will create a masterpiece when having an artistic experience. If you have an outdoor space and the weather is nice, this will be a grand activity for your child. Just make sure that you clean his or her hands and feet and change his clothes once the activity is over.
How to encourage children to paint? How is painting beneficial for children? Which different forms of painting can children practice? Discuss here.
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