We love painting here at Learning and Exploring Through Play and today I introduced a different canvas for Little N - Painting on Foil.
It was an interesting sensory experience. It made a crinkly noise as Little N painted with her hands and paintbrush. It gave an interesting hazy reflection and the colours came together effortlessly.
You will need:
Foil - thicker foil will work the best
Decide on the surface you will be using for your painting on foil activity. I use a flat storage box lid that I purchased from B&Q or a boot tray which I picked up from Home Bargains for around £3. They both come in great for crafting!
Cover your surface with foil. I personally like using thicker foil for painting. Once children start exploring with their hands/fingers the last thing you want is the foil to easily tear. Secure this down by either folding enough of it around the edges or sticking it down with sellotape.
Little N usually prefers to paint on the foil with her hands. However we have done this activity lots of times and sometimes she prefers using a brush to warm up with before getting stuck in.
This is something to keep in mind. I would always look at having a paintbrush or q-tips on hand just in case your children prefer this option. Even if your children choose to not use their hands - there is still a lot to be gained from this activity!
I do like to start off by adding just one or two blobs to the surface of the foil before really adding lots of paint and getting really messy!!
We enjoy this activity throughout the year, just look how fun it is:
The colours mixed together before her eyes and as she dragged her finger tips through the paint, the foil exposed. She enjoyed creating patterns, letters and pictures as you can see from the video!
Why is Painting good for Children's Development?
The excellent thing about painting is it helps children in all areas of their development. Physically they develop hand eye co-ordination and motor skills. They can work together - collaborating on projects for their Social Development. Learning their colours and exploring which colours mix together to make new colours improves Cognitive Development.
Some children turn to art as a form of expression. I have worked with children in the past who are non-verbal and use art as a way to communicated with others. In addition to expressing themselves, painting helps you relax and is a brilliant stress reliever - which is positive for Emotional Development
If you like the idea of Painting on Foil, you will also no doubt love Sensory Shaving Foam Painting that we did again recently!