Exploring the paint brush

Have you ever tried painting with a todder? Now that summer time is upon us, my preschool is on break and I have had extra time to spend with my 14 month old grandson…

I set out some large sheets of paper and a rolling paint brush and then squeezed some paint out on the paper.  I thought my grandson would love the fact that the paint brush rolled. He tends to love anything that rolls.  But instead, he watched me roll the paint across the paper just a bit then proceeded to set the roller down and crawl over to see what else I had in my basket of goodies…

I hadn’t intended to bring out an entire basket of paintbrushes but since they were sitting near by, my grandson decided that what was in the basket had to be more interesting than rolling that brush on the paper…

I continued to drip small amounts of paint on the paper and invite my grandson to paint but still, he really only wanted to explore all the paint brushes…

Instead of taking the paint brushes away, I just let my grandson explore all the paint brushes while he sat on the paper…

Occasionally, my grandson would reach out and give the paint on the paper a little push with his finger or drag the brush through the paint (without intention)…

But mostly, my grandson enjoyed exploring the paint brushes…

I was right that my grandson would enjoy a paint brush that rolled. I just hadn’t considered that he would rather roll or push all the paint brushes around the paper instead…

I am not so sure my grandson really even noticed the paint at this point…

But he sure did notice all those paintbrushes!

After all, an artist does need to know his tools before he is ready to create…

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By |2012-06-16T08:00:51+00:00June 16th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

3 Comments

  1. Janet Ingersoll June 29, 2012 at 12:13 am - Reply

    Hi…..
    I’m Shirley DeMerchant’s sister. She sent me the link to your site….I love it. It was fun to see Kai’s pictures in action and to take note of the many wonderful and helpful ideas you have described. I will look forward to accessing your site to be prepared when my grandchildren come to visit.

    Thank you!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 29, 2012 at 12:18 am - Reply

      Hi Janet,
      I love having you come and visit – what a wonderful surprise! Shirley is my partner in crime when it comes to being a grandma! I just love her and enjoy spending time with her. Thanks for taking the time to drop me a note!
      Deborah

  2. Simona December 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    My 15 months girl also loves to play with paintbrushes … we started before 12 months “painting” without paint.

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