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It's hard to go wrong when you provide a preschooler with a couple cans of paint and a paintbrush. Here's a fun painting activity that combines art, writing, and history in one by examining impressionist paintings and having your child create her own masterpiece. For your child, gripping the paint brushes and applying paint helps to strengthen her fine motor skills, enhance her visual perception, and explore creative outlets. All of these combined will help her to develop stronger skills for writing. So ask your child to paint like Monet, and make a great "impression" while you're at it.