Canvas Art is always so much fun!! Father’s Day is this weekend and Aliza and I wanted to do one last craft for dad! If you did not get a chance to see the other Father’s Day Craft we did, you can check it out here!
Father’s Day Craft: Canvas Art
- Small Canvas (10×10)
- Washable Kids Paint
- Duct tape
- Water Cup
- Paper Plate
Start duct taping! With the tape, form the letters “I <3 DAD”, as best as you can. I did not realize this was going to be challenging, but it actually was! Do not get frustrated it will come out great! Double up the tape for extra coverage!
I would suggest setting up your little ones table before they sit down! I just put a little amount of each paint I wanted Aliza to use on the paper plate and then put the paint AWAY! This just made the “all done” transition easier for us! She would paint all day, if I let her 🙂 Give your little one a paintbrush and enjoy watching them paint!
Crossing the body’s mid-line
This was a great kids activity to promote crossing mid-line. The body’s mid-line is the “imaginary” line that divides the body into left and right sides. Crossing mid-line is the ability to reach across the middle of the body with arms or legs to perform a task. During this activity Aliza was forced to cross her arm over her mid-line to perform a task on the opposite side of her body!
Why is crossing mid-line important?
Crossing mid-line is an important developmental skill needed for many every day tasks. This includes writing, dressing and coordination skills. If a child avoids crossing mid-line you may notice them switching hands during activities. Take this activity for example, if Aliza was avoiding crossing mid-line she would paint the canvas with her left hand and switch the paintbrush to her right hand to dip for paint. Instead of ONE dominant hand getting the repetition it needs to develop fine motor skills, both hands would get equal practice at developing these skills and the child’s true hand dominance may be delayed. This could make it difficult for a child to learn how to write in school without a STRONG dominant hand! Overall this is a really great activity to promote crossing mid-line!
FINE MOTOR SKILLS
This playful painting activity was also a great fine motor activity! Fine motor skills are one of the most important skills for a toddler/preschooler! This paint brush was definitely working out her little hand muscles and she did not even know it!
Once Aliza was done free painting, I helped her complete the picture! I helped her paint a couple horizontal lines across the canvas using hand over hand techniques! She named every color we used as we painted. This also promoted crossing mid-line!
Once we finished painting, we let the painting dry for a couple hours. Once I felt it was completely dry, we carefully pulled the tape off! Aliza thought this was the coolest thing ever! Once your masterpiece is complete, wrap it up and give it to dad!
I hope you enjoyed this craft as much as we did! Dad loved it and that is what matters most! He will definitely hang it in his office 🙂 Love, Paint, Create ! HAPPY FATHER’S DAY DADS! You all ROCK!
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