Children love to paint and create! Between the ages of three and four, most children can draw and paint recognizable shapes. They start to use smaller brushes and pencils and improve their fine motor skills. At this point, you can encourage your child to paint or draw specific things.
Get a variety of paints, watercolours and poster paints. Paint can most often be found in the craft sections of your local dollar store. There are also many recipes for home made paint. Don’t restrict your child to painting with a brush, however. Suggest that they try using their hands, feet, sponges, cotton swabs, feathers, sticks, string and anything else they can find that would make a fun tool. Supply white paper, but don’t be restricted to paper either. There are plenty of other fun surfaces to draw on like balloons, rocks and the inside and outside of boxes, leaves and even outside on the sidewalk. Be creative! Talk to them as they paint and encourage them to think creatively about what they are doing. Encourage your child to talk about what they have drawn. Have them put their name on their painting. Then label the painting with the picture title, for example “Charlee’s cat”. Make sure to display their art work afterwards, as all children love to feel appreciated.
Homemade Edible Paint Recipe
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup corn starch
2 cups water
Combine all ingredients in small saucepan. Warm until mixture thickens, stirring with a whisk. Cool & pour into containers. Add food coloring to create any color you’d like.