Infants and toddlers learn through their 5 senses through interaction with their environment. One must bear in mind that they are never too young to learn and never underestimate their ability and wisdom. Body painting is a very good way to learn about Science: colors, texture, temperature, strokes, fine motor control and being comfortable with mess.
To begin art, always allow experimentation with edible paints then move on to inedible ones.
red dragon fruit for purple,
Mango for yellow
Papaya for orange
Allow child to squeeze and explore each fruit and smear onto himself.
Let the child be seated on a mahjong paper with a disposable picnic mat under for easy cleaning.
Corn starch paints
The following juices blended and strained:
Spinach/ pandan for green
Rosella/ red dragonfruit for red
Turmeric/ mango for yellow
Cornstarch and water mixture to your desired consistency
Mix each juice with the cornstarch mixture and allow child to explore as he would for the fruit paint experience.
Chocolate pudding/ yoghurt/ honey body paint
Jello chocolate pudding powder
Choose either of the above and allow exploration as child would for the fruit paints.
Since child is on mat, remember to lay down the ground rules before hand. Be with child and tell child to signal once he or she is ready to clean up. Hold the 4 corners of the mat and wrap the child to prevent spillage. Then carry child to the bathroom. Throw away the mat with mahjong paper and bathe child. It's a breeze :)
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