Painting With Brushes and DIY Colours
Painting is always a fun and stimulating activity for babies. It helps develop their imagination, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. You can start introducing painting activities to your child, from around 9 months, with your assistance at first.
- Short and thick paint brushes
- Paint pots or small plastic containers
- Old clothes
- 4 rounded tablespoons of cornflour
- 1 liter of water
- Vegetable dye
How to make DIY Colours
Mix cornflour with a little water, then boil the remaining water and add to it the cornflour mix
- Continue mixing until it has a thick consistency
- Add vegetable dye
- Let the mixture cool down
- Place mixture in paint pots
Cover your table with paper. Sit your baby comfortably in your lap and let the creative process begin. Help your baby dip the brush into the pain and start painting.
Here’s an idea: If you don’t have paint brushes you can also use a toothbrush or an old fashioned shaving brush. Whatever you have at hand.
Tip: Try talking to your baby while painting. Make sure you use descriptive words to talk about what happens when you paint, how the colours mix together. For example: “That colour is green like the tree and grass in our backyard”.