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Painting with Clouds

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Help your child practice the fine motor skills needed for handwriting while enjoying a creative painting session.

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Painting with Clouds 

Help your child practice the fine motor skills needed for handwriting while enjoying a creative painting session.

What you’ll need:

What you will need

What to do:

Attach pegs to cotton wool balls. Have your child hold the peg to control the cotton wool as they dip it into paint then dab, swirl, drag or push it along paper to create different effects. Encourage them to touch the cotton wool lightly to the paper, and then heavily, to see how this changes the effect. Allow your child to experiment with different effects and colours and don’t worry about having a ‘finished’ picture at the end. Gripping and manoeuvring the pegs is great fine motor practice and learning to combine different moves and colours encourages imagination and creativity.

Alternative Materials:

Alternative materials

Change it up:

Make it easy: Offer just a couple of colours and guide your child’s hand at first to help them get the feel of things.

Make it a challenge: Give your child the cotton balls and pegs and ask them to attach the two together before starting to paint with them.

Play with friends: A few friends can work together to create a large painting with each child working in a different colour, or each can create individual paintings. Young cousins or siblings could make a group painting as a present for a grandparent.

Indoor play: Lay down an old sheet or newspaper for your child to work on if you’re doing this activity indoors.

Developmental areas:

  • Fine motor skills

  • Imagination

Values:

Creativity; self-confidence.