Congratulations for getting past the title...are you someone who says "I leave painting for preschool!" or "I don't let my child paint at home"? There is nothing wrong with this. I don't think that I ever painted at home as a young child...
However, painting can be great fun and a way for your child to express themselves. Some of the concerns that parents have are "my child is impulsive", "my child has poor attention", "my child will paint a few scribbles and then has had enough", "there is so much effort in setting up and clearing away", "my child doesn't like it".... Any of these ring true for you?
Painting at home does not need to be a daunting thing with young kids. The key is preparation and organisation (from the grown up). It may be "saved up" a rainy day activity or for the school holidays when there is less rushing around.
Here is a simple painting project for toddlers and preschoolers with a few tips to make it successful for you and your child.
Presenting one colour and one cardboard roll at a time reduces impulsive behaviour. It helps a child with poor attention skills to focus on the one activity. It also helps to provide a clear "finish" point when the roll is covered in paint. The egg carton provides some stability during painting and reduces the amount of "touching" for those with tactile defensive reactions to paint.
So hands up if you shudder at the thought of painting with your kids? I hope these simple tips make it a less daunting activity to consider. It may not be an every day activity for your household but it is possible! Let me know if you step out of your comfort zone for this one....
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Hi, I'm Cindy and I am an Occupational Therapist. I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Read more about me here.
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