Location: Chingford
29th June 2017

The Toddler Blog- Getting Messy with Paint!

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Getting messy with paint!

In Rabbits Room (1-2 years), the children enjoyed leaf painting. They got the chance to gather leaves from the garden and use them as part of their activity. Whilst doing this activity, Zalihe ensured there was a variety of equipment to be used. The children got to speak about the shapes and sizes of the leaves; the staff members prompted this. When Zalihe said "Little leaf", Rahda tried copying her, encouraging her Communication and Language. 

In Squirrels room (3 months-15 months) the children was able to get messy with different colours! Gemma covered the floor with paper and filled it with paint. The babies were able to use their whole body to explore and crawl through the paint; feeling the texture as they done so. Vinnie enjoyed putting his hands in the paint and moving them side to side, this left a wipe mark across the paper. The babies weren't afraid to get messy and was putting the paint all over their bodies.

In Owls room (1-2 years) the children had a chance to paint what their imagination desired. They were given tools such as paintbrushes but some children chose to use their hands. They had a choice of what paint they wanted to use and when mixing them together, we spoke about what the outcome could be and what would happen if we added more colours. The staff members encouraged the children to get involved in the activity and encouraged their Expressive Art & Design development.


Why is painting important for your child's development?  

Painting with young children not only helps their creative development, it also stimulates their brain. Stimulating children's brain can also help other areas of their development. Most children enjoy a good messy painting experience, this allows them to freely express themselves and develop their creativity. When children are offered art activities, they are supporting children's large and small muscle development, as well as their eye-hand coordination. Through creative art, children may be able to represent experiences that they cannot verbalise. Children can also learn the names of colours and shapes through creative art activities and they can find out what happens when they mix two colours together which helps with their Mathematical Development.


Activities to try at home- Strip down your child and let them get stuck in!


Finger Painting- Allow your child to put their fingers in the paints and get creative on card/paper!


Car Painting-  Lay some paper on the floor, cover the paper with paint, and let your child run the car over the paper to creative track marks!


Ice Painting- Mix water and paint together and put it in the freezer, use a lollipop stick for the child to hold.  When frozen your child can start painting with the ice, as the ice melts the colours will run!