Painting with your kids
Hey y’all, it’s Erin.
We all have those days where we’re looking for things to do with our kids whether it’s supporting their development or just having fun.
I’m going to talk about one of my family’s favorites– painting!
Before we get into the ways you can paint, I’d like to share why it’s important:
- Painting is an excellent fine motor activity. Building your child’s fine motor skills will help them learn to use utensils, with handwriting, and so many other things they will do with their hands.
- It also helps build hand eye coordination.
- As an added bonus, painting is a fantastic way for kiddo to express themselves.
- It builds their imagination while they’re using a creative outlet.
- These moments will lead to great opportunities to build on their vocabulary. For example, you can talk about colors, tools, and sensory input your child is receiving.
- At the top of the list, painting is fun! You can bond with your child, all while supporting their development.
Now onto the fun stuff!
Put down some paper and let them go to town!
You can draw shapes on the paper for them to paint inside the lines.
You can also just let them go wild and paint everything. This is my favorite way to force bath time! Ha!
Speaking of painting themselves… make up is a fun way to allow kiddos to paint.
You can get brushes and let them do their own look, or have some fun and let them paint you!
You can also do this with face paint.
Painting rocks is a super fun activity.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the mess, let your kiddos paint with water.
The rock changes color when it gets wet so the kiddos still love the activity and get the same experience.
You can also do this with water on construction paper!
You can hang a shower curtain or sheet and let kiddos paint on those!
You could even paint a tarp or roll of paper that’s hung up.
It makes for a great group activity.
You can save your eggs and fill them with paint to throw!
It’s an exciting activity and will leave you with a cool keepsake.
This is a perfect birthday party activity as well!
Don’t forget about the classics!
Grab an easel and let them paint.
Also take the opportunity to make those cherished hand and foot print pictures.
- Don’t forget to grab a Smocket to protect their clothes!
- Use washable paint if you’re going to let them paint in their diapers!
We’ve ruined a few diapers when we weren’t being thoughtful. But…only a little regret, because we had a lot of fun!
These are just a few of my ideas for how to paint with kiddos.
What ideas do you have?
Share them below or pictures of you guys painting on our social media pages!