Do you want a fun, easy way to build gross motor and fine motor skills in young children? Take them outside, give them a paintbrush, add a small bowl or bucket or water, and let them paint! Water painting is great for little ones and for children who have difficulty making strokes with writing tools. My youngest daughter has Down Syndrome. I will never forget when her occupational therapist took us outside and taught us how fun prewriting could be with a paintbrush and water. Of course my older children loved it too! And now I get to have fun all over again with my grandchildren.
Let’s talk about what is going on in this picture. I’ve numbered each picture, so I could better explain how to support your child with this fun activity along with how it can strengthen fine motor, and gross motor skills.