Painting with your kids

Painting with your kids

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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:

  1. 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. 
  2. It also helps build hand eye coordination. 
  3. As an added bonus, painting is a fantastic way for kiddo to express themselves. 
  4. It builds their imagination while they’re using a creative outlet.
  5. 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.  
  6. 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!

Floor Painting

Floor painting, Painting with your kids by LilHelper.ca Blog

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!

Face Painting

Face painting, Painting with your kids by LilHelper.ca Blog

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.

Nature Painting

Nature painting, Painting with your kids by LilHelper.ca Blog

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!

Hanging Painting

Hanging painting, Painting with your kids by LilHelper.ca Blog

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.

Active Painting

Active painting, Painting with your kids by LilHelper.ca Blog

You can save your eggs and fill them with paint to throw! 

Active painting, Painting with your kids by LilHelper.ca Blog

It’s an exciting activity and will leave you with a cool keepsake.

This is a perfect birthday party activity as well!

Classic Painting

Classic painting, Painting with your kids by LilHelper.ca Blog

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.

Important tips:

  • Don’t forget to grab a Smocket to protect their clothes!

Smocket, Painting with your kids by LilHelper.ca Blog

  • Use washable paint if you’re going to let them paint in their diapers!

Diaper Painting, Painting with your kids by LilHelper.ca Blog

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!

 

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