THE INFLUENCE OF PAINT PLAY ACTIVITIES ON KNOWLEDGE AND PREFERENCE FOR COLORS IN PRESCHOOL CHILDREN IN HEALTH CONTEXT

Yumi TAMASE, Takahiro DOIHARA, Kouichi NOZUMI, Yoichiro NONAKA, Hanae MORISHITA, Ikuko TSUZUKI, Nozomi TANIWAKI

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The purpose of this research was to clarify the importance of paint play activities in early childhood education through investigating the influence of children’s paint play activities on their knowledge and preference for colors. Thirty-four four-year-old children were induced to mix various colors to create their favorite colors and to draw freely in "a tree hut", conical white monument, and in a sheet of paper. Before and after such paint play activities, the children were given a naming task which asked children to answer the name of colors, a free utterance task which asked children to answer their favorite colors, and a selection task which asked children to choose the favorite colors out of their choices.  The results showed that the children’s knowledge of color has a statistical tendency to increase after the activity and also the number of children's favorite colors increased significantly in both tasks after that. These results suggest that the paint play activities have a positive influence on knowledge and preference for colors in preschool children.

Keywords: Health, Creativity, Paint play activity, Knowledge of color, Preference for color


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