Intellectual Development means being able to think creatively and abstractly, to pay attention, solve problems and develop keen judgement along with a lifelong readiness to learn.
Your baby will begin to explore the texture of paint using the sense of touch.
You will need:
- A plastic dish
- Finger paint (non-toxic)
- A bib or smock to protect your baby's clothing
- A cloth for clean up
- Ensure that your baby is seated comfortably in a high chair or at a small table (if able to sit independently). Put a smock or bib on your baby to protect his clothes.
- Pour some paint into a dish and dip your baby’s hand in the paint. Older infants can be encouraged to smear paint on a tray with one or both hands.
- Press baby’s hand onto a piece of paper to make a hand print, or press a piece of paper onto the design baby created in order to create a print of his artwork. Hand prints or prints of his designs can be easily framed with a piece of construction paper and then displayed.
- CAUTION: Watch baby carefully to be sure that finger painted fingers don’t go in the mouth.
- Consider playing some quiet music in the background
- Feel calm, and engage their sense of hearing
- Let your baby paint freely on their own
- Discover what they can do with their arms, hands and fingers by touching and smearing paint and seeing the patterns they create
- Talk to your baby about what they are doing. Describe the materials being used.
- Learn and build his language skills
Everyday Moments: Play Time