My mum-in-law is a passionate educator and she strongly believes that learning can be fun. This is evident in the little activities that she engages Junior in before he went to school and was still spending a great amount of time at grandma’s.
Our little family unit of 3 loves spending outdoor time. Besides bonding, we believe this is a good way to expose Junior to nature through his 5 senses. As a result of that, we may have inevitably neglected time spent at home learning through crafts or sensory play. In a way, my mum-in-law’s fervent passion in teaching has influenced and reminded us as parents that learning can be fun and can also be done indoors.
The first time we’ve seen Junior display some interest in painting was doodling with the paintbrushes under grandma’s watchful eyes. She taught him how to hold the brushes and guided him along on what to do. Progressively, he went from doodling with the brushes to some finger-painting. Seeing his interest in this area has led to me gathering some supplies so to continue to fun we can have at home.
If like me you too is interested to let your bub learn through paint yet aren’t sure how to get started, I’ve compiled some tips on what I did to get started.
How to get started
My first step was to get some art supplies.
1) Watercolour Paint Set from Ikea – This set is not expensive and comes with 2 short brushes and 2 containers to hold water. It’s fuss free and easy to store away.
2) Crayola Washable Paint from Artfriend – I like how this is washable which is great for smaller bubs who are very prone to spills and mess. We’ve had paint on sofa covers, on the floor, some furniture and Junior’s clothes and was so glad it was washable. It is also non-toxic which just makes it abit safer to use on bare hands.
3) Drawing paper from any art shop – Popular Bookstore is my go to. Or a roll of drawing paper from Ikea. This is particularly useful if you intend to erect a bar at the sides of the table to hold up the roll of paper. The only downside is that it’s a continuous roll so it does needs to be cut in order to be used.
4) Totally optional – We got a Latt table from Ikea, assembled it ourselves and gave it a fresh coat of blue paint. This small compact table and chair is extremely suitable for these little bubs, with the right size and height.
Ok, so I’ve gotten the supplies, now what’s next?
Truth is I’m not exactly big on drawing or painting so I did spend a considerably amount of time on Pinterest just to look around on what I could do with Junior. We started with just doodling and getting to know the colours. We then learnt how to mix colours together to create new colours. We learnt about texture when finger-painting and also learnt about not painting anywhere else besides papers and art materials. Such rules were not easy to follow, at one point he wanted to paint on everything he sees. But with continuous reiteration, I think he gets it now. While we keeps him guided on what to do, we give him lots of flexibility on what colours to use, how he wants to paint them etc. Who says sky has to be blue and the sun to be orange. If he wants a green sun, by all means.
Until recently, we’re now learning how to paint within the lines to train his motor skills and coordination. We’ve also asked him to relate to things that he sees, like for this tree, we asked what he thought and also what he observed was the colours for the leaves and the tree trunk.
We will continue to create and continue to learn through paint. And while it does gets messy or a little tiring after a busy work day, we try to accommodate to Junior to encourage him.
Lastly, if you are thinking of sending your little ones for art classes, I’ve done a review on Abrakadoodle sometime ago which may be of interest.
Happy painting and happy learning!