This is a perfect opportunity to just have some time out from the hustle and bustle of life. Children need it just as much as adults. This simple exercise is one that doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting and can be used as a tool for calming a child down or just letting them express themselves.
This exercise is a great stress reliever and because there are no rules children can allow themselves to express their creativity freely. To inspire them to think beyond the paintbrush, see if they can think of other materials they could incorporate into the image so it becomes collage-like. Explore textures and even scented papers, paints and pens for a real sensory experience.
If you really want to use this as an educational tool as well then for…
You can look at repeating patterns & 2D shapes (irregular and regular).
Experiment with colour mixing and look at primary, secondary and complementary colours.