Teach Your Baby To Paint

You can start teaching your baby to paint beginning around 18 months old.  Place your baby in the highchair with some water color paint, paper, a brush, and a cup of water.  Never leave your baby unattended.  Show your baby how to dip the brush in the water and then rub it on the paint.  You can explain what colors the baby is using and discuss the kind of lines the baby is creating.  This may soon become a favorite activity for your child.  Babies that are given the opportunity to create, without interference from grownups, are capable of amazing things.

Be sure to show your baby how to clean the brush by dipping it in the water each time they change colors.  There is so much to learn from this activity.  Your child will learn what happens when they mix colors.  They will learn what happens when they don’t wet their brush. They will learn what happens when they don’t clean their brush.  They will learn what happens when they apply pressure to the brush as to not putting pressure on the brush.  These are valuable lessons and carry over into many areas of art.
Here is 2 year old Gabirella enjoying a little art time.

Teach your baby to draw

Your baby can learn about art as early as their first birthday.  Holding a non-toxic crayon and beginning to scribble is a huge milestone.  It is second only to your baby’s first steps.  This marks your baby’s journey into writing, art, and literacy.  Imagine, it all starts with a few scribbles! It is very important to give your baby the opportunity to learn about art by providing the materials necessary.  Simply place your baby in the highchair and give them a crayon and some paper.  You may have to discourage them from putting the crayon in their mouth, but they are bound to taste it.  Make sure you are using non-toxic crayons and do not leave your baby unattended.  Your baby will soon learn that the movements they make are what affects the outcome on the paper.  Make sure you praise your child for their effort and the masterpieces they are creating.  Children become great when they are given the opportunity.  It’s time to discover your child’s inner artist.

A great book for teaching art to youngsters is Young At Art, by Susan Striker.