There are so many benefits for children doing crafts, drawing and painting. Today, I’m looking more closely into the benefits of painting for children.
A screen-free activity
This is quite a big benefit for us at the moment as Lucas is at the stage where he loves to play a video game to relax but I don’t want him to spend too much time on it. He even plays on drawing challenges on Roblox, so although he’s doing something creative, he is still looking at a bright screen and not feeling the materials.
Painting whether it be with a paintbrush or a paint stick helps develop both fine motor control and gross motor control. Holding the paintbrush or stick encourages the muscles in the wrist, fingers and hands to strengthen. Gross motor control can be developed when they are painting across a large piece of paper, canvas or wall.
Hand-eye coordination and visual perception
When painting, children have to process what they see if they are copying something or if they are painting within a drawing. They need to focus on using the painting tools and directing them to the correct place on the paper. When painting free hand, it encourages children to plan out what they want in their minds before applying it to the paper.
Children can be as creative as they like when painting, allowing their imaginations to run free. They don’t have any structure that they must stick to or instructions. It also allows them to increase their planning skills, thinking about what colours they need to get ready.
Painting is relaxing and can lower your child’s stress level. It provides a distraction, giving their brain a break from their usual thoughts. It is also a great way for them to express their emotions. Children can’t always verbally express their thoughts and feelings. through painting they can use their movements and colours on the paper to get out how they feel.
Paint Pop Sticks
Paint Pop Paint Sticks are the perfect introduction to painting and doodling. They’re bright and colourful, and let children paint away the mess-free way! They’re fast-drying, often in under 60 seconds, and the smooth, glide-on paint works without needing water or brushes, making for easy clean-up. All the paints are water-soluble and non-toxic.
Lucas loves using the paint sticks and uses them with his Paint Pop Paint Sticks Creation Station. The table-top easel comes with everything you need to create masterpieces, including 6 Paint Pop Paint Sticks, a wipe-clean duster and 10 A4 sheets of paper. The easel is double-sided, one side to put on paper, and the other side is a whiteboard side where you can paint and use the duster to clean the surface, before starting again. The creation station can be folded with the paints, paper and duster kept inside, perfect for taking out and about.
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