Do your preschoolers love painting?
Painting at the easel or the table is a core activity that preschoolers love doing.
Painting with paintbrushes is beneficial, but we, as early childhood educators can take painting a step further.
Move beyond the paintbrush and invite children to paint with unusual tools.
When children paint, they are opening a world of creativity by using their senses to create.
When children are challenged with unusual painting tools, children must make choices on how to use the tools. They predict how the tool will re-act and plan-out on their project within the constrains of their canvas.
That is a lot of problem solving!
On top of problem solving, painting with unusual tools makes those fine motor muscles adjust and adapt to get the desired result.
But, what kinds of unusual tools can we present to children to paint with?
Here are just a few ideas:
Take a look around your house or classroom... you can find lots of great tools!
Toothbrushes : much like a paintbrush, but the bristles are in a different location in relation to a traditional paintbrush.
Apples: cut them in half and apples make a hardy stamping/painting tool. Potatoes do too!
Forks: utencils are great for painting because they already have a handle. But, you can get different patterns and textures by using a fork!
Cars: anything with wheels- especially if those wheels have grooves! This painting invitation is a huge hit.
Squeeze Bottles: use lots of fine and gross motor muscles to operate and paint.
Corn on the cob: the corn cob takes a horizontal approach and two hands- promoting hand-eye coordination. Rolling pins work well too!
Q-tip: a paintbrush without the bristles that makes perfect little dots.. need I say more!
Medicine Droppers: just water down the paint and get those fine motor muscles working.