Children’s arts and crafts and children’s fascination with painting
Children are born painters. Children’s arts and crafts are the source for them to follow this activity. Children love to paint anytime, whether it’s with watercolors, softened crayon paint, or any other non-toxic paint specially designed for use by children. They can paint on pre-printed figures, on plain paper, on cardboard, on wood or even on fabric. Children are always fascinated with painting and drawing.
I remember when I was in elementary school; I was the proud owner of a palette of beautiful bright watercolors and some fine brushes. At that time painting was very dear to me and all I needed was to dip the brush in water, then in paint and my wonderful works of art began. I was always captivated by my paintings and gifted to family members. My mother was always very supportive in my creative endeavors. Praising works wonders as it is vital to the safety of children. Building confidence is an important component of parenting. It stays with them their whole life. Painting and drawing is one of those confidence builders, which is a very important step in early childhood education. Face painting, that’s a lot of fun! Have you ever been to a children’s party where face painting was part of the activity? I’m sure you saw the wonderful and enjoyable enjoyment children had. Maybe a professional face painting artist was hired, but the funniest thing was when the kids painted each other’s faces or a kid creatively painted their own face. Painting with your fingers and the sponge is a lot of fun, particularly with younger children, as they enjoy the process of this type of painting and rarely think of a finished product. They can move away from the original place of painting and start painting themselves or the floor, or the walls, because of the bliss they are experiencing and their freedom of expression intact.
With this kind of fascination for children, parents are often very inventive. I remember my mother painting Easter eggs with us. She boiled onion peels and made a dark brown broth and did the same with purple onions. Then he would instruct us to soak the hard-boiled eggs in the broth overnight and the next day we could paint the eggs tan and purple to our hearts’ delight. Our imaginations were flying and we painted birds, flowers, leaves, zigzag lines, anything we could think of. This job was also rewarding as we felt part of the vacation preparation process.
Keep your kids busy painting, let them discover themselves, and let them experience freedom of expression.