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Do you have children’s paint at home? Most of us do. There is so much that can be done with basic every day children’s paint. Recently, my daughter and I decided to have some good ol’ paint fun. We used her set of Crayola Washable paints that we reviewed in the past, some painters tape, and sturdy white paper. Take a look at what she came up with!
Using the painters tape, we sectioned off different portions of the paper and then she went to town painting away in each section. Once it dried, we peeled off the tape and revealed distinct colour blocks with sharp edges.
This is certainly a different twist than just having her paint away on the entire sheet of paper. She decided where the tape would go and what colours she’d use for each section. Although they may seem trivial, allowing children to make decisions helps to strengthen those exact same skills for use in later life. After all, how will children learn to make decisions if they’re never given a chance to do so? Thus, whenever possible, the hubby and I will give her opportunities to execute these vital life skills.
You should have seen her eyes when the tape was peeled off. The end result is quite vibrant and stunning. Ultimately, art isn’t about the end product. After all, the learning took place during the entire process. The brush strokes strengthened her fine motor skills and the decisions she made certainly strengthened her big brain matter. Being able to create and explore art in a way where there is no right or wrong, well, that’s one big boost to self-esteem and self-worth because you’re not judged by how good or bad you are at it. So, go ahead and paint away with your child!
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