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Children have a blast painting or drawing on themselves.  They are masters of the moment and love the way it feels to smear paint or marker all over their body.  Instead of being concerned about how this reflects on us as parents/teachers, we simply embrace it, own it, and even promote it.   Allowing kids to enjoy the process of creation, even on their own body, can reap big rewards.   We SAY YES!

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We’ve written about FACE PAINTING before, but for whatever reason all of the pictures are missing from that post.  Face and body painting has always been something that we’ve embraced in our homes, and this mindset carries over into our classroom.  What are the underlying benefits of face painting?   Painting itself is a creative, emotion-based activity associated with the right side of the brain.  This kind of creativity helps support cognitive growth by developing neural connections that prepare the brain for learning.  It’s a fantastic sensory experience, it’s fine motor, it includes motor planning, it increases coordination and creativity, and it’s just plain fun!

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In order to meet our students where they are, we brought in mannequin heads.  They are soft, silicone heads for painting and wipe off easily with baby wipes.  Some face paint may stain the heads, but we have found a lot of success using custom body art face paint.

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  They’ve been well received.

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~ AK (MESE, MECD)

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