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8. Painting

Children's Activities - PaintingPainting activities for kids range from the simplest painting with a brush or hands to using items such as stones, sticks and other ‘found’ items.

Paint is easily adaptable to a wide variety of kids’ art activities. If you don’t have an easel/chalkboard, try taping paper to an outside wall or tree that can be hosed down after. Have a range of brush sizes – generally big brushes for younger children, finer brushes are great once they have gained more control.

Older children might enjoy putting dollops of paint onto the middle of some paper then fold in half to create a butterfly effect! They may want to repeat this over and over!

Learning

Remember painting is about experimenting with the tools and colours – it is a process between the child and the materials. They are developing their fine motor skills, learning about colour mixing and how different tools make different marks.

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