Just giving the paint a little taste. Her face after this was hilarious but I couldn’t get a photo quick enough!
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have – Maya Angelou
Yesterday I had planned to do a completely different activity with Emily. I had planned to scoop out the insides of a pumpkin and let her go wild with it. However this didn’t quite go to plan. That’s okay – time to think on the spot! I got out the paints and thought maybe I would cut the pumpkin up and let her explore that. I got out the paper, squirted the paint into a tub and found some paintbrushes to give her. In the end I figured that would be enough so the pumpkin is sitting on the side until I find a use for it and in the mean time my little Picasso got to work!
This post is very photo heavy but i’m not sorry. It’s the first time Emily has really experienced paint so as you can imagine, she went wild and I got very snap happy!
Fine motor refers to the development of hand movements. These hand movements are closely linked to other areas of development too such as cognitive development. Children who have a good fine motor skills are often able to interact more with their environment, therefore experiencing new things and promoting cognitive development as a result. Having good fine motor skills will help children to gain confidence and learn more self help skills such as dressing themselves, feeding themselves and pouring drinks.
Emily had so much fun with this activity. I didn’t try to guide her, I just let her explore. She was a little cautious initially and only put one finger in the paint. As you can see from the photo’s above she did try to taste the paint, she only did this once and she was thoroughly disgusted. Her face was a picture but I didn’t get a photo quick enough! Emily then put her finger back into the paint and wiped her finger on her paper. I narrated her play as she went along telling her which colour paint she was using and asking questions such as ‘does the paint feel cold on your finger?’ This simple narration of her play allows her to feel confident whilst she plays and happy that I’m paying attention.
Emmy then picked up the whole paint tub for some closer inspection. It was so cute to watch her explore, I love watching her play. It’s lovely to see how she explores the world. She put her whole hand in the paint and seemed really fascinated with it. Emily was rubbing her hands together and looking intently at the paint on her hand.
The paintbrush was next in line for exploration but she got bored of that pretty quickly. It’s much more fun to paint with your hands! At this stage I put my camera away because the activity got a little bit messy and I needed to be on hand with baby wipes if I needed to use them! Emily used her hands to mix all the paint colours together, and in hindsight the paper was probably a bit unnecessary as really she was more interested in the paint. Luckily I had prepared for mess and put her in clothes we’re not too bothered about and I had a bowl of soapy water ready for when we needed it.
These photos are from just before the clean up. They say a messy child is a happy child and in this case it is so true. Emily was so happy to be covered in paint, rubbing it all over her clothes and the floor. At this point I noticed she was winding down from the activity so I swapped the paint for the bowl of warm soapy water. Of course this opened up a whole new experience of splashing in the water so I let her play and explore whilst I picked up all the other paint covered bits. Of course the kitchen ended up covered in water as well as paint.
I have to admit, with the water everywhere too the clean up was a little intimidating, I didn’t know where to begin. In the end I stuck her in the highchair whilst I cleared everything away and then it was bath time for Emily! After the bath it was nap time. Painting and splashing is exhausting work!
Love Laura xx