What Are the Benefits of Painting for Children?

When kids begin to explore their talents and specialties, one of the areas some may excel in is painting.

Even though painting may not be every child’s cup of tea, it sure does have benefits that both you and your child can learn from together.

These are just a few benefits your child can acquire from painting. Painting can be a significant part of your child’s overall development and upbringing. Making it a point to take some time out once in a while to paint with your child can prove to be very rewarding in the long run.

1. Painting exercises your child’s brain. Creative activities like painting, use a different part of the brain than reading and or math. The right side of the brain is our creative half and responsible for visual skills and understanding what we see through our eyes (which is still developing at the preschool age).

2. Painting helps develop eye-hand co-ordination. Painting is a great way to develop and refine small muscle movement and control – the skills needed for writing!.

3. Painting helps relieve stress. Just like adults, preschoolers get stressed too. Painting is one way your child can de-stress and a healthy way to express their feelings. Painting can play the role of therapy for a child who might be feeling different emotions whether these feelings are subtle or extreme in nature. In addition to communication, painting can help children feel better about things that they may have bottled up inside.

4. Painting builds self esteem. By providing open-ended painting activities your child there is no right or wrong way to paint. The emphasis is on the process so every child feels successful no matter there skill level or developmental stage.

5. Perhaps the greatest benefit is the fact that painting provides you and your children a great platform to bond and spend valuable time together.