Why painting together with children is so important, 3 creative ideas

Do your children like to paint? I’m sure I don’t know a child who doesn’t have at least one phase in which they like to paint. Painting is an important step in child’s expression. It is exciting to see how the pens scrape over the paper and what is made of them.

Over time, indefinable balls of stick become somewhat defined figures and eventually males with fingers and toes. At around four years old, children start to build up their children and topics become interesting. If three colors are enough by then, the little Miss already demands a whole range of colors to fill her fantasy world on paper with color. By the way, experts recommend wax crayons to begin with, because the children can experiment with color mixes here because of their consistency.

Paint together with children

Do you also like to paint? Me, yes. Even if I say I can’t really do it anymore because I’m just out of practice. However, I also notice that the more I paint with my girls, the better I get again. And it doesn’t really matter how good you paint, your children enjoy doing it with you.

I still remember that I always liked to paint. No matter what material, I always found painting great. What must have particularly impressed me was that my Mom could paint as well. She might not say that herself (like I do now), but I thought it was fabulous what she conjured up for me and with me on paper. She showed me my first very simple winter fir trees, as well as snow-covered mountains and houses. I loved to paint them for a long time, I can still remember them well. Because my mom showed it to me. By the way, I still paint the trees in the simple version and will pass them on to my girls.

Our joint project: unicorn masks & Invitations

Our last project wasn’t just painting, but the girls really enjoyed it. We have the birthday invitations for the Little Miss’s party designed together: unicorn masks for coloring. The two of them also had to test all of my mask prototypes and of course were able to cut out and paint the final masks themselves. We were concerned with this for a long time, because in the end I had to print out new masks again and again, they were so greedy for them. By the way, they painted them with all sorts of pens – they prefer to do crayons, felt-tip pens, crayons and neon-colored highlighters.

Painting together: 3 ideas

Idea: draw templates

Painting with parents is important for children. It creates a colorful, relaxed atmosphere. It is often the case that parents, like their children, first approach the material and rediscover it. Children like to paint what you paint – but don’t worry, that doesn’t make them uncreative. For my mom’s winter trees, which she showed me as a template, I came up with many other things and learned how to paint winter trees. So there is absolutely nothing against showing children how something looks drawn, they have enough creativity to do theirs own To be able to contribute imagination. Maybe you tell a nice story about the pictures?

Last year I discovered and am the Rory’s Story Cubes
still very excited about it. Back then my two girls were a little young for it, but now I’m slowly bringing them into play. Not in the sense of the game instructions, but it doesn’t really matter. With the story cubes you can roll pictures and let a story be told. It’s all about telling, but you can do that with pens just as well if you’re running out of stories. Give it a try. At the beginning, the Story Cubes Starter Set * is recommended, but there are also some set extensions with many other pictures.

Idea: design works of art together

Or you can let your children draw something and then design it together, as Ruth Oosterman shows in her video. This is a delightful idea that I definitely want to implement with the little girl: painting a picture at the same time and together with her. But very much myself – I think the result is wonderful! Quite apart from the fact that unfortunately I can’t paint as well as Ruth Oosterman &# 128521;

Another idea from Ruth Oosterman is to have contours drawn. In that case, they look different than you might expect from the finished picture. Great!

And another idea for you – I find it very adorable:

Quality Time: for more conscious time together

My contribution is part of the BICkids #BICqualitytime campaign, which I enjoy participating in for various reasons. Creative painting and playing together is an important topic for us. Of course you can spend quality time with your children in many different ways, but I think painting is always possible. In bad weather anyway, but also in good weather you can sit well under a tree in the grass and be creative together. I almost always packed paper and pens – it doesn’t take many colors. In addition to reading aloud, this is one of our favorite activities, unless summer greets us in March and lures us into the garden. By the way, the kids also prefer to paint with me rather than alone (or in pairs) – I think that says a lot about their need for shared creativity.

By the way, I discovered beautiful coloring pages and even writing exercises while researching on the BIC site in the children’s area. All you have to do is click in the main menu on the top left in the "Area for children" and create an account.

How do you like to spend quality time with your children? Talking, reading, doing sports or painting and handicrafts?

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