10 reasons, for which your preschooler needs to paint.
You want to paint with your child, but how to keep a preschooler interested for more than a few minutes, while controlling the mess?
Painting is messy.
Painting requires more work for you.
Paint takes time.
But do you know, that painting with a child develops his brain?
Many parents work with a preschooler to learn letters, reading books, and even integrating math skills into everyday life.
These skills and activities are necessary and beneficial for your preschooler, but adding creative fun and activities to them (such as painting) you will help with the overall development of your child's entire brain.
10 reasons, for which preschoolers need to paint:
1. Painting exercises the child's brain. Creative activities, such as painting, they use a different part of the brain than reading or math. The right side of the brain is our creative half and is responsible for visual skills and understanding, what we see with our eyes (which is still developing in preschool age). Creative games and painting help you practice “laws” the hemisphere of the child's brain, leading to overall healthy brain development.
2. The child learns, how to express your own feelings, transferring your ideas and feelings onto paper.
3. Painting builds self-esteem. By providing open-ended painting activities, your child has no right or wrong way to paint. The emphasis is on the process, so every child feels good no matter what their skill level or stage of development.
4. Twoje dziecko uczy się podejmować decyzje i rozwiązywać problemy. Gdy Twoje dziecko pracuje i maluje, makes decisions about his own “works of art”.
5. Painting helps to relieve stress. Just like adults, preschoolers also get stressed. Painting is one way, how your child can de-stress and is a healthy way to express your feelings.
6. Painting helps develop muscle control. Working with a brush or a small tool helps to develop fine motor skills (control of small muscles). Whereas working on large sheets of paper or at an easel helps to develop a great deal of muscle control (great motor skills). Painting also helps to develop hand-eye coordination in a child.
7. Painting is a sensory experience. Your child is building a knowledge base about different sensory experiences, such as touching the paper with your fingers or moving a brush with your hand across the paper. Sensory experiences are important, because they help the child to know and understand the world around him.
8. Painting gives the child an opportunity to learn about cause and effect. While painting, the child experiments and thinks like a scientist. Let your child mix the colors, to try out new combinations and discover paints and colors.
9. Painting helps to develop verbal language. It often happens, that preschoolers are looking forward to, to share your painting work with you. remember, so as not to guess, what you think your child painted, but rather ask them: “tell me about your painting”. By asking open-ended questions, you help your baby develop thinking and speaking skills.
10. Your child will gain self-confidence. Your child will be proud of his image (even if it looks like scribbles to you).