Watercolors are often reserved for older children, but preschoolers can also have very satisfying and successful experiences with watercolors. Here’s a few tips to get you started:
1. Use washable watercolors so you can relax about the mess.
2. Use real watercolor paper — it is thicker than regular paper and can handle the wet painting of preschoolers. Watercolors are also fun on coffee filters, napkins, or paper towels.
3. With practice, your child will get the hang of rinsing the brush in between colors. In the meantime, a small scrap of paper towel or coffee filter can soak up any mixed colors in the watercolor tray.
4. Young children often barely dip their paintbrushes into the watercolor. For brighter colors, teach your child to “stir” the brush in the paint. We usually count to five. This loads the paint brush with color, and makes for beautiful, bright brush strokes!
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