If your kids are nagging you to get out the paints and you are wondering if you can really be bothered… here are a few reasons why it’s totally worth it!
- Painting helps develop eye-hand co-ordination.
- Painting is a great way to develop and refine small muscle movement and control – the skills needed for writing!
- Painting uses both the left, analytical and logical, side of the brain and the right, emotional and creative, side of the brain. Being able to use and integrate both sides of the brain is important for complex thinking and problem solving.
- Painting lets us practice creative thinking, decision making and problem solving in a non-threatening environment.
- Painting provides lots of opportunities to learn – about colours, shapes, representing ideas, making marks, colour mixing, cause and effect, experimenting…
- Painting encourages open-ended creativity. There is no one right way to paint and we are free to express our ideas and creativity any way we like.
- Painting can be calming, and a way of relieving stress or working through difficult situations.
- Painting can be a social activity or done on your own, depending on your mood and needs.
- Painting can buy parents a chunk of quiet. Older kids can paint independently while you do other things, little kids will need some supervision but will at least stop nagging you… hopefully!
- Painting is fun!
Our favourite, quick, easy, low mess way to paint is to use water colours and/or water soluble crayons/pastels, especially when everyone (aged 3-10 years) is home in the holidays and working together.
If you’d like a few more painting ideas you can find ten our favourite, easy, painting activities listed here.
Do you let your kids paint often? What is your favourite painting activity?