Water painting

This fun activity is a lot less messy than using paints, but helps your child learn to make marks.

Instead of using paint or pens, children can have fun just drawing with water. They can do this on a dry path or fence outside.

Fill a bowl or bucket with water. Grab a paint brush too.

Then show your child how they can dip the brush in the water and draw shapes. The water will leave the surface darker, so you can see shapes, patterns and letters if you paint them.

Talk about what you’re drawing while you do it.

Now let your child have a go. Talk about what they’ve painted. Then, as the surface dries, you can watch the shapes disappear and start again.

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Big arm movements build the strength and control children need to write when they get older.

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