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Painting is a great way to let your child experiment with expression and communicating ideas visually, while developing important motor skills.
Children can experiment with colour, line, shape, textures and patterns to express their ideas, feelings and experiences. By encouraging your child to talk about their painting and the painting process, you can help them to establish links between visual art and self-expression.
Experimenting with various tools also helps develop muscle control in hands, arms and fingers, which is important in early development.
What you need:
Set up an area with a drop sheet (you can use newspaper sheets or a plastic table cloth) to designate a painting zone and protect the floor from messy painting materials. You can create an easel by threading string through a piece of cardboard and tying it to a fence or onto a large box.
While you might need to demonstrate how to use some materials to begin with, allowing your child the freedom to explore and experiment with materials can foster creativity and show respect for them and what they can do.