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Kindergarten Readiness: Painting for Fun and Learning

fridge-artJust in case your fridge isn’t totally covered with art work, today’s play-of-the-day that starts with a p, like A pril, for some kindergarten readiness fun and learning, is a painting activity. Kids can paint with anything: brushes, hands, feet, fingers, marbles, wheeled toys, q-tips, rollers, dabbers, and salad spinners. Paint can be practically anything too: food coloring, water paints, candies soaked in water, fruit juices, and vegetable peels. Things to put the paint on do not have to be limited to paper, either. But whatever kids use for tools and colors, there are some great ways to have fun and learn.

As children are painting, they are:

  • experimenting with ways to express themselves and their creativity,
  • exploring their own ideas and stretching their imaginations,
  • strengthening small muscles in the fingers, hands, and arms,
  • building concentration and attention skills,
  • practicing making pictures on paper and in their minds (visualization),
  • discovering what happens when colors are mixed together,
  • learning new vocabulary such as lighter or darker, swirls, zig-zag, even, etc,
  • and extending language to explain what they are doing.

painting activities with kidsOne of the surprising aspects of painting that kids learn is when to stop. Too much paint and water turns all the colors muddy or worse, makes holes. But these experiences are also part of the learning. When all done, kids can help tidy up and put things away, practicing responsibility. These are only some of the early learning and readiness skills, there are certainly more. What kind of painting fun and learning activity can your child do today?

Some Handy Ideas for Kindergarten Readiness: Painting

Kids love using their hands to paint and painting is definitely a kindergarten readiness learning and fun activity. Adults think of paints and crayons as tools for creating art. For kids, paints and crayons are more than that. They are tools for discovering and learning through play. What are some of these learning and kindergartenContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness– June Bugs For Fun and Learning #10

Did you know that paint dabbers are both a kindergarten readiness tool and fun toy? There’s just so many ways to play with them plus they when they drop they don’t spill gray paint water that overshoots the protective newspaper. Who invented these, anyway? Little hands are painting all over a big piece of paper that will be cut-outContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – Spring Fun/Learning Activities #10

Q. What tree goes Meow in the spring? A. The willow tree with catkins. Catkins is another name for pussy willows and pussy willows is another way to explore some kindergarten readiness and learning fun. If possible, find some pussy willows that you can show your little one and share a tickle with the softContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – Play & Learn with Paints & Crayons

Adults think of paints and crayons as tools for creating art. For kids, paints and crayons are more than that. They are tools for discovering and learning through play. What are some of these learning and kindergarten readiness activities? The most obvious skills developed are fine muscle control and eye-hand coordination. This helps little onesContinue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – Backpack Masterpiece

Pablo Picasso once said “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Paintbrushes and colors are often favorites of children and painting activities develop many readiness for kindergarten skills. Besides drawing about a backpack, your child may enjoy painting about it. One of the most importantContinue Reading

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