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Painting can be a deep process and that bring up a child's inner life, encouraging engagement with the materials and stimulating the imagination. It is essential to emphasize how they feel as they paint rather than the product of what they paint.
Painting is obviously messier than drawing, but it is precisely this smooth movement of the paint across the paper which encourages free expression. The process lends itself to a meditative response. Don't be afraid of messes, but remember to prepare by covering surfaces (perhaps including the floor) and to leave time for kids to clean up. Have help available that day if you think you may need extra hands. Cover all surfaces with newspaper or a plastic tablecloths and have children wear old shirts or smocks to protect their clothing.
Limit colors at first to the primary colors (red, blue, yellow) to encourage mixing and experimentation. Decide whether you want a large-movement process for kinesthetic learners or a small-movement process to emphasize eye-hand coordination. As always, keep it simple for the youngest ages.
Examples of some simple painting activities
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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