Vertical surface drawing in the toddler room at St Nicholas Early Education Singleton

 
 
Vertical surface drawing in the toddler room at St Nicholas Early Education Singleton

In the Toons Room at St Nicholas Early Education Centre – Singleton the toddlers have been exploring Vertical Surface Painting.

Lisa set up a wooden room divider covered in butcher’s paper to allow the children to have a larger painting canvas.

Children should have the opportunity to work on a vertical surface as there are many developmental benefits:

  • Shoulder/Elbow Stability - The use of larger vertical surfaces allows children to use bigger arm movements that encourage strength and flexibility throughout the arm joints and muscles. 

  • Bilateral Coordination - The vertical surface is easier for toddlers to focus on without needing two hands. On a table surface they tend to need two hands, one to paint and one to hold the paper still.

  • Pencil Grip – Writing or painting on an upright surface naturally puts the wrist in an extended position which allows more hand and finger control.

  • Midline Crossing – The large surface allows the children to have the opportunity for their dominant hand to cross the midline.

 

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