You will adore this Room on the Broom paint by number. I am slightly obsessed with the book “Room on the Broom”. Lucky for me, so is my four-year-old. We read the book, watched the movie, and reread the book. Anything that looks like a broom takes on a life of its own. And you know what? It makes a great painting activity!
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Why is Painting Great for Kids?
Enhances Pencil Grip
As my preschooler paints, his little hands are getting stronger. This is key for pencil grip and forming numbers and letters down the road.
Helps Later with Writing and Drawing
Setting the stage for writing with painting, coloring, grasping, and squeezing in the early years is a true gift! The better your child can hold small objects, the more they’ll be able to control the pencil when learning to write and draw. I want to offer many opportunities to use his hands through play before asking him to write.
Introduces Color and Numbers
This one’s great for math skills because children can explore different colors and get used to what numbers look like.
It’s Creative and Fun!
Children learn best through play, so giving them a chance to experiment with new activities helps develop their skills.
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What You Need for Room on the Broom Paint by Number
- Marker for drawing – I love this 40-pack! It’s got so many colors so your kid can go all out.
- Paintbrushes – choose a set so your child can experiment with different sizes and effects.
- Kraft paper – I find the best roll at Home Depot called Builder’s Paper.
- Room on the Broom book – you need to know what the stories are about! You can get a copy from this link or your local bookstore.
- Washable paints – painting can get messy, so check out these washable paints to avoid any clothing disasters!
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Step 1. Draw a Room on the Broom image onto the Kraft paper
Okay, so my Halloween drawing isn’t perfect. You know what? It doesn’t have to be. My preschooler is fine with my sub-par Room on the Broom drawing. It’s good enough for him to be excited to start painting.
Step 2. Split the image into sections and number each one
This is a paint-by-numbers activity, after all! Section the picture and add some numbers.
Step 3: Draw a color chart at the bottom of the paper
Make a table with each number inside and put a color next to it. When your child sees a number on the drawing, they will refer to the chart to see what color to choose.
Step 4. Stick the Kraft paper to a wall
Tape up the picture with painter’s tape and ensure it’s easy for your child to reach.
Step 5. Offer a place for your preschooler to mix paint colors.
This is a tray I found at Kroger. The other is a cake pan from the Dollar Store. It doesn’t have to be fancy painting equipment. I like to add primary colors with white to brighten them.
Step 6. Let your child explore!
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Room on the Broom Paint by Number for Children’s Development
This painting by number was so much fun for my preschooler! The activity is incredible for kids’ fine motor skills, number recognition, and experimenting with color. The final painting is super unique, and we adore it! Hang it so everyone can see or tape the Halloween painting in your child’s bedroom.
Frequently Asked Questions
You don’t! Paint by number should look like a child’s painting, not a Pinterest picture. Remember to allow your preschooler to take the lead when painting and explore different color combinations. For better sketches, I like to look at Google images for inspiration. Remember, prioritize the process over perfection.
This activity is a great way to practice number recognition with kids fun and playfully. Paint by numbers means the child looks for the number in the key and what color is assigned to the number. The child paints that part of the illustration with the correct color.
Allow Children to Break the Misconception That There Are ‘Gendered Colors’
At a young age, children often categorize colors into ‘boy colors’ and ‘girl colors.’ One school addressed this gendered issue by bringing in an art teacher who uses an array of paint because ‘she just loves color.’ You can change the color bias by showing children other works of art that use all colors.
Showcase Differences in Artwork
When children are shown different styles of artwork (e.g., abstract or spatter and drip) it takes away the pressure of having the painting look realistic. The children can then explore different ways of working and honing their style.