Developing a skill like painting provides the stimulus children need to be successful in all aspects of life. Children who paint learn to think with an open mind, to look at situations creatively. They learn to express themselves more deeply through their art and their words. They’re able to take the lessons learned through painting and apply those skills to new situations. They develop critical-thinking skills and must make decisions about what works and what doesn’t on their own.
Creative activities, like painting, help the brain develop. The right side of the brain is used for emotional and creative responses, while the left side of the brain focuses on analytical processes and logic. Learning to paint benefits children by using both sides of their brain. By stimulating the creative side of the brain, painting helps make the connection between the two sides, which is how we reach our full potential.
By using different materials to paint, children become more aware of the 'resources' available in their immediate environment and how they can be manipulated and used in a variety of ways.
Grab some old toothbrushes, paint colors and paper or canvas
Dip the toothbrushes in paint and splatter it on paper or canvas for your little painter!
Get more creative by temporarily sticking a cut out of an animal/ car/ other shapes on the paper and painting all over the paper. Once completed, remove the shape to reveal the 'blank non-colored shape' with color all around it!
Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.