Check out today’s post on a fun and educational painting activity for your little one!
We were having “one of those days” around here this morning and the rainy, cold weather wasn’t helping. I tried all of my “Mom Tricks,” but the kids just weren’t in the mood for anything…until I mentioned the new paint in our art cart. On any other day I would let them explore the paint on their own, but from the kind of morning we had, I knew they would need a little structure to keep them going. I turned to my trusty pal Pinterest and searched for “easy paint projects for kids” and thankfully this post from The Stay-at-Home Mom Survival Guide came up.
This project was so easy to set up: paper, paint, and cotton swabs – I even used paper plates for an easy cleanup – and the best part: it kept the kids engaged from start to finish. The longest part of setup was writing out the alphabet, so we sang the ABCs together to keep everyone involved. We’re currently working on name writing for Shanelle, so I wrote both children’s names on separate pages in addition to the alphabet. This activity is so versatile in that you can correspond whatever you’re working on in your home to suit the needs of your children. That’s what I like to call a #momwin.
What I like most about this activity:
Quick setup: I didn’t need to gather 400 materials or print anything out. There wasn’t even any cutting involved (can I get an amen?!).
It’s educational: Depending on what you decide to write on their paper, your children are gaining skills in letter recognition and strengthening their fine motor skills at the same time.
It’s adaptable: The ability to tailor this activity to your child’s developmental level is endless; you can substitute the alphabet for your child’s name (like we did!), focus on numbers instead of letters, or even write their current site words or spelling words from school.
Appropriate for any age: As you can probably tell from the photos, there’s a slight age gap between Shanellle (4) and Eli (almost 2). I wrote Eli’s name on the paper and he put a few dots on it, though he was more engaged in painting around the entirety of his paper. He was still benefitting from the activity by using the cotton swab and dipping it on the paint and paper. I mean, check out his pincher grasp above! Yay for fine motor building!
Engaged Kids! Need I say more?
Big thanks to The Stay-at-Home Mom Survival Guide for your awesome idea!
Until next time,
“He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.” -Psalm 147: 8