Here’s our activity for the letter of the week: Q. Q is for q-tips!
Hannah likes to play with q-tips. Some days she’ll count them, and other days she’ll lie down and laughs away as she pours q-tips on her face. (Maybe I should try that some day and find out why she enjoys doing that.)
Today, we painted the letter Q with q-tips. She’s at this phase of “I do it, Mama.” so this is a good activity for her to be in control. From choosing the colours, squeezing the paint into a paper plate, and painting.
As she tried dotting the letter, I shared with her that there’s really such a technique – pointillism. (Not that Mama’s going crazy or torturing you by painting little dots.)
Pointillism: /ˈpɔɪntɨlɪzəm/ is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism.
Here are some links to help if you’re interested in teaching your child about Pointillism:
Invariably, Hannah got tired of trying to dot the letter, and ended up smearing the paint. I must admit, it’s really hard work to dot about!
Those fine motor skills got a good workout for the day, and we did learn something (I hope) too.