Children learn by engaging in a variety of activities. Encouraging sensory activities allows your child to explore through touch, smell, sight and sound. In addition, introducing sensory focused painting activities into your child’s routine encourages creativity, large motor skills, and enhances eye/hand coordination. As the activity unfolds, your child will learn social and vocabulary skills which enhance other areas of development.
Painting Activities for the Senses
Sensory focused painting activities go beyond the traditional paint and brush use. Introducing a broad spectrum of materials allows your child to engage in the project with endless possibilities. Using different textures and materials helps engage your child’s natural curiosity for learning. A routine painting activity may lead to other art interests.
Bubble Wrap Painting
Bubble wrap is a fun addition to sensory focused painting activity. Securing bubble wrap to rolling pins, paper towel tubes, or wooden blocks is a great way to paint. Simply dip the instrument into the paint and apply to paper. The bubble wrap produces small trails and texture lines. As your child uses various colors, the paint trails will blend.
Another bubble wrap sensory focused painting activity engages large motor skills and the sense of touch. The bubble wrap may be formed into socks or mittens. Trace your child’s foot or hand. Secure the bubble wrap with tape. Depending on the area of the bubble wrap, allow your child to walk across large sheets of butcher paper or make handprints. Producing art through movement engages the whole child.
Painting with Different Textures
In addition to bubble wrap as a painting instrument, you may use other items to allow for various design outcomes.
- Cotton balls
- Sponges cut into different sizes and shapes
- Toy cars
- Spray bottles
- Eye Droppers
- Squeeze bottles
- Toilet paper tubes
- Pasta noodles
Along with unique painting instruments, apply the paint to different surfaces, which increases the learning experience.
- Old compact discs
- Material pieces
- Aluminum foil
- Butcher paper
- Poster board
- Construction paper
- Tissue paper
- Coffee filters
The combination of the instrument and surface increases your child’s engagement in the project. By offering your child choices, the overall experience increases curiosity to further learning opportunities through exploration.
Adding Spices to Paint
Smell is a powerful sense. Using paint with different odors adds to the learning experience of sensory focused painting activities. Ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, chili, and vanilla are perfect choices. Along with engaging fine motor skills, the mild smells allow your child to engage another sense.
Children love to create. Sensory focused painting activities are fun and messy. Along with enhancing the sense of touch, smell, sound, sight and depending on the paint, you may include taste. At Montessori Childrens Center, we encourage our students to embrace their creativity by incorporating hands on activities into our everyday lessons. To learn more about the Montessori Method, contact us today.