Once a week, Molly has an occupational therapy appointment. Just shy of three years old, one of the key components of her therapy is hand/eye coordination. Along with her therapist, Molly works on drawing lines, free hand drawing and she most recently began working on shapes. The methods Molly uses at therapy are techniques that we practice at home throughout the week.
I recently discovered a great, new tool that has enhanced our at-home therapy – the Fresh Paint app from Windows 8. My Lenovo Yoga PC is a touchscreen, allowing Molly to virtually finger paint directly on to the screen. She can choose (and change) colors to create her own artwork.
There are coloring templates to choose from, but she mostly enjoys the blank pages. Once she gets older, I think the coloring templates will become more useful for her as she gets better at drawing too.
We recently received the Sensu Capacitive Brush and Stylus paint brush to use with the Fresh Paint app. From an occupational therapy standpoint, it has been fantastic practice for Molly in properly holding the brush and strengthening her grip. And most of all – she’s having fun!
Each time she see’s my PC, she points and yells with excitement. And while her speech is delayed, I know she’s asking to paint! With the Fresh Paint app – I have the ability to save her work, e-mail to her therapist or even print it out and take it with us. Perfect for hanging pictures on the wall too!
My oldest daughter, Maggie loves the Fresh Paint app too. As a typical four-year old, it has been a great tool for her. She especially loves the “add on” pack of Finding Nemo coloring pages. And sometimes, after the girls are in bed – I get out the brushes and do a little painting myself.
Check out this great video of how others are using Fresh Paint –
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** I am a member of the Windows Champions blogger program. As part of this arrangement, I have been loaned a Windows PC for the course of year and have the opportunity to learn about Windows and Microsoft products. I received two paint brushes to go along with this review. **