2. Use similar materials. I paint with watercolors a lot, and the day I took this picture, I was painting with them. That's why I pulled out the watercolors for my boy. He especially likes feeling like he's doing something important like me.
-Give him coloring sheets or recycle his own precious artwork (like my boy's collage shown above). Not only does this bring life to old artwork, but it helps him to be more creative in his thinking. It gives him a more complex problem to solve and more interesting picture to illustrate than just a blank piece of paper.
- If you have extras, let him paint on your proofs or sketches or something similar to what you're doing.