The Potential of Paint: Exploring a Basic Material

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Paint—it’s everywhere at Bing! It’s an inviting, accessible and engaging material for young children—but what do children gain from working with it? At the Bing Institute’s Fall Educator Lecture, teachers Emma O’Hanlon and Laura Berquist explored this question in depth, elaborating on the developmental benefits of painting for the growing child and its value as one of Bing’s five foundational basic materials—blocks, clay, paint, sand and water.

Paint and Physical Development

Painting provides numerous opportunities for advancing physical abilities including fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and visual perception (Danko-Mckee & Slutsky 2003). In addition, teachers regularly observe children developing gross motor skills, sensory integration, grip strength and balance when working at the easels.
Research has documented that the act of painting promotes lateralization of the left and right brain hemispheres (Feldman 2003), improving the brain’s ability to integrate functions such as creative thinking with planning and execution.
Paint and Emotional Development

The process of painting can be a soothing sensory experience for young children. At Bing, it often aids in separation from caregivers and can be used as a tool to process emotional experiences.
The medium of paint has the ability to transform feelings and ideas into visual form, offering children a means of communication other than verbalization.
Engaging with and conversing about paintings (both those created by children and professional artists) promotes an awareness of and an appreciation for the aesthetic qualities in art and in life.
The act of painting supports the development of self-efficacy, self-restraint and self-correction (Feldman 2003).
Paint and Social Development

Painting supports the development of a self-concept (Feldman 2003).
It provides an opportunity to observe peers…...

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