Taking an activity usually done on a table, and putting it on an incline, can be a fun way to get kids excited, and also helps work hand muscles in new ways. We tried this recently with water coloring (one of our favorite ways to paint!).
Setting Up the Invitation to Paint
I got out our watercolors and paints, and then decided that rather than putting up a plain piece of paper, I would do something a little different and put up pictures they could paint.
we’ve been into “mythicals” as my 5 year old classifies dragons, unicorns, fairies, and other imaginary creatures. So when I say these coloring pages from Safari Ltd., I knew he would love them! I printed out a bunch, and taped them to the wall.
When my kids saw it, they jumped right in! They also decided to “finger paint” with the water colors – they painted their hands and then pressed the pictures.
We used washable watercolors, (here’s an affiliate link for ours), and the paint that spilled off the paper wiped right up with a paper towel and some water. If you have a kitchen that’s in better condition than mine, you might want to test some paint to see if it wipes up before letting your kids paint – because I guarantee it won’t all stay on the paper!
I’ve collected some of my favorite “Fine Motor Fun” ideas on this Pinterest board. I’m looking for new ideas for strengthening hand muscles, and I’d love to add to this – what are your favorites?