Paint and easels are staples in kindergarten classrooms, and there’s an important reason why, other than the fact that painting is loads of fun. For younger children, the hand grips and wrist motions required to handle a brush happen to be just what they need to help them as they learn to write and develop their fine motor skills.
So now’s the time to break out those paints, and have a blast. There’s plenty to be gained, of course, from letting your child just go wild. But here’s a slightly more structured activity that incorporates a little art history - the style of the great modernist painter, Mondrian - and gives your child a chance to work with geometric shapes and practice the vertical and horizontal strokes he uses in forming letters. Get ready for some stunning paintings and some happy kids, too.
What You Need:
- Black, water-based tempera paint
- 3-4 other jars of water-based tempera paint in strong colors (Mondrian often used primary colors)
- One long-handled tempera paint brush per color
- A piece of newsprint or other large painting paper for kids (at least 18x22”)
- An easel or a spot of blank wall you’re willing to risk for a potentially messy activity