Have fun painting and drawing

Social inclusion blog - Bradford Inspiring Parents

Painting and drawing help your child develop their concentration, creativity, and the skills they will need for writing. Use different mark-making materials– chunky crayons, pencils, shaving foam and paint. It’s fun to use water and a paintbrush on paving stones in the garden.

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Top tips

  • Be creative. Encourage your child to make marks, draw and stick in pictures made from different kinds of objects like feathers, shells or twigs.
  • Cut out favourite pictures from magazines and make collages.
  • Talk about your child’s scribbles and ask them what they have drawn. Pick out shapes and images that are recognisable and draw some yourself.

How to make your own memory book

What you need

  • A scrapbook
  • Pens, crayons and pencils
  • Photographs
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Child-safe scissors
  • Glue

What to do

Help your child decorate the front of their memory book. Write their name on it together.

Add words or drawings about their favourite things, such as food, places or toys, or photos of your family or pets.

Collect bus and other tickets when you’re out and let your child stick them in.

Try letting your child use glitter, paint, stickers or anything to make their memory book fun and colourful.

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