Did you know that not only is painting fun but it is also beneficial to a child's development? Painting can be educational too while being a fun and exciting activity.

Painting benefits and different Painting Techniques

By Busy Kiddo    Posted on Jul 10, 2020

Did you know that not only is painting fun but it is also beneficial to a child's development? Painting can be educational too while being a fun and exciting activity. It helps with their hand-eye coordination which is an important skill in Early Childhood Development. The hand-eye coordination is developed while learning to paint the parts that they see and when making sure that their hand movements are at 'balance' with their vision. Painting also benefits a child's concentration and decision-making skills, planning and choosing which colours they are going to use for the different parts of their painting. 

It can be a great way for a child to discover and explore their creativity, they also learn about different colours and well as colour mixing (Mixing Primary Colours to make Secondary Colours).

When a child paints with a paintbrush, they are putting their hand grasping skills into action and they are learning to use each finger separately. This is beneficial for early pre-writing skills for pen/pencil control in writing development.

Adding some language to a painting activity could be beneficial to their language development. Speaking about colours can develop their knowledge of colour concepts and build their vocabulary. Speaking about the way the paintbrush is moving e.g. up, down. across, etc. will help them grasp the concept of direction and also add to their vocabulary.

Perhaps the most important benefit is that it provides a great way to bond with your child and to spend valuable time together.

Ice Painting

How to?

  • Grab an ice tray and fill it with some water then add a few drops of your favourite colours with food colouring.
  • Wait for it to freeze into solid ice.
  • Grab pieces of paper and use the colourful ice to enjoy some fun painting.

Bubble Wrap Painting

How to?

  • Grab some bubble wrap and crumple it up into a ball, you can secure it with an elastic.
  • Have some paper and pain ready to dunk the bubble wrap into the paint and onto the paper.

Finger Painting

How to?

  • This is a messy but fun activity, grab some paint and place it onto a flat container, a yoghurt lid is usually best.
  • Grab the biggest paper that you can find and place your little one on the paper and let them explore.
  • You might want to have a bath ready for after this activity!

Sponge Painting

How to?

  • Grab an old sponge and you can cut it up into shapes or use it just like that.
  • Use flat lids from a yoghurt tub or any other container and put some paint into them.
  • Dunk your sponge into the paint and enjoy some sponge painting.

Marble Painting (supervision needed)

How to?

  • Grab some marbles and a box, put some prestik on each corner at the back of the paper and stick it on the surface on the inside of the box.
  • Place some marbles in the box and blobs of paint on the paper and have fun moving the box around so that the marbles move the paint around.

Handprint Painting

How to?

  • Have your favourite colours ready and get mom or dad to paint the child's hand or if they are at an age where they can, they can.
  • Place the painted hand on the paper and pictures can even be formed by placing the hand in different directions or turning the handprint into something like a fish.

Toilet Roll Painting

How to?

  • Put the finished toilet rolls to good use.
  • Pour some paint into a paint tray, dunk the end of the toilet roll in and have fun stamping some circles onto a piece of paper.

Blow Painting

How to?

  • Grab some straws even paper ones will work for this activity, some paper and paint.
  • The paint might need a little bit of water added to it as it needs to be 'watery'.
  • Place blobs of paint on the paper and use the straw to blow the paint in different directions to create your masterpiece.

Painting with Biscuit Cutters

How to?

  • Grab your favourite biscuit cutters from the kitchen and today, instead of baking with them, we are going to use them to paint.
  • You will need a piece of paper and paint, dunk the biscuit cutters into the paint and have fun stamping and making a fun picture or a few!

Until next time,