Easter Crafts for Toddlers

Let us make some art!

100_1416100_1432100_1424Happy Monday, friends! Over the weekend I spent some quality time with my god-parents Bubbe and Opa! We made some Easter cards, and let me tell you: We had so much fun together!

To protect my clothing, me, the artist, wore a white artist’s smock aka Opa’s “Get Wild” T-shirt from Lincoln Park Zoo featuring a stylized color drawing of a mandrill. To get my creative juices flowing, Bubbe asked me if I would like to make Easter cards for Mommy and Daddy, Oma, Nana, and Grandpa and Grandma, and I said, “Yes!”

I went on to create 5 different Easter cards, each with a unique style and theme. I chose the colors and backgrounds, eggs and chicks (where applicable). Bubbe, on the other hand, showed me how to use the gluestick and helped me position the first egg and chick, but I applied the glue and positioned the rest myself after selecting which appliques to use on each card. I chose and applied the stickers after Bubbe removed the backing for me and I chose the style and color of markers (the glitter markers are by far my favorite tools) used to add hand-drawn detail to each card.

The first card was the most rococo, a pastel blue background and (I think) a yellow chick, with nearly every square inch covered with stickers of every variety: flowers, rabbits, and Easter eggs.

The second featured a large blue egg highly decorated with every available color of glitter. The third was a softer spring-time look, a chick with lots of flowers, including very tiny ones that my assistant, Bubbe,  found quite difficult to separate from their backing.

The next, with a pink background, featured a blue chick wearing a yellow flower, enhanced by hand-drawn purple (I think) detail, with many shiny pastel butterflies at the bottom of the card. Very feminine, undoubtedly for Oma or Nana.

The last, a simple chick on a darker blue background featured a truly minimalist approach highlighted by primitive drawing rather than many stickers, possibly because I had forsaken my nap for my art was running out of steam.

PS: This was written with the help of Bubbe. 🙂

xo,

Kingston

 

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Fun Winter Crafts

Cold outside?

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Wonder what to do with your little one(s) during cold winter days? If you do, please, read on because I got something for ya!

On Friday, my Mommy and I went to the Dollar Tree Store. Believe it or not, but we picked up lots of fun crafts – for yes (!) –  just a dollar each! You’ll be amazed how great their craft section actually is! For instance, we found great animal paint/craft kits! I picked the Hippo Painting Kit out which I have worked on over the weekend!

It was a lot fun and my hippo turned out pretty nice too! Mommy placed it in our living room (for everyone to see!) which I’m very proud of.

For more craft ideas – check out the Dollar Tree’s Craft Section here. I promise you won’t be disappointed and it won’t hurt your wallet either!

xo,

Kingston

Explore Painting With Your Toddler

The Honest Toddler.

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At my age, painting is a multi-sensory experience rather than a purely visual one. In other words, I’m more interested in how the paint feels squished between my fingers rather than the finished “artwork.”

So, while you get creative with your tot(s) make sure to prepare your clothing and surfaces for a mess (unless your rock in supervision!).

To make painting even more fun – provide raft sticks, sponges and brushes with handles big enough that are easy for our little hands to hold.

Or you might want to give us crumpled paper or a plastic bag to use as a stamp. Using these painting tools will allow us to explore how paint works with different textures and surfaces.

Enjoy!

Easy Art Projects for Toddlers

Happy Monday, y’all!

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I love getting creative – and messy, don’t you? Last weekend my parents and I explored my painting abilities with simple and colorful crafts that honed my fine-motor skills. We picked up some leaves and glued them on a sheet of paper. Once glued on I used my hands to squiggle and move the paint around, making interesting lines and dots. I used a paint brush as well and colored the leaves in yellow, red, green and blue.

It was a lot fun! Plus, my parents are displaying my art work at home, in fact, they dedicated one of their living room walls for my art projects to boost my self-esteem!

This being said: Let small hands take the lead while crafting, but always offer assistance when necessary!

Happy Crafting!

The Artful Toddler

Mastering Crayons and Scribbles.

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Why use paper when the driveway is just as fine to scribble on? Yesterday I built on my fine-motor skills by drawing on my parents driveway (frankly I got bored with my paper so I experimented with the driveway instead). My choice of art supply? Crayons, and let me tell you: Discovering colors is pretty darn exciting for us little ones!

Crayons are kind of magical because they provide us with a wonderful introduction to the art of making art! I feel like a pint-sized Picasso who wants to scribble everywhere except where you want me to (aka on the paper), but giving me the opportunity to draw to my heart’s content is actually very important and I’m glad my parents let me experiment.

Scribbling helps us develop finger control which we need to use a fork, write with a pencil, and brush our teeth. Plus, it gives us the freedom to choose which colors we like, what kinds of marks to make, and where to put them on the page (boosting our sense of independence!).

So, next time your tot wants to get creative please, let him/her explore (with supervision) because there’s nothing like making masterpieces — just don’t forget a smock (and maybe a drop cloth or two!).

Happy Coloring!

Exploring Sculptures With Your Toddler

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

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I turned into an art lover while I was exploring the animal sculptures at last week’s Port Clinton Art Festival. These contemporary sculptures were very educational which made it a lot more fun to explore each one of them.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before – but early childhood education is a vital part of our overall education line-up! Exposing us to many different things plays a vital role in our brain growth and development.

Exploring these sculptures were fun for children and parents alike. True, I can’t appreciate fine sculptural art yet but I certainly enjoyed darting under a giant giraffe while making new friends!

Sidewalk Chalk Toddler Activity

Summer Fun!

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Last weekend was super fun, y’all! My family and I went to the Port Clinton Art Festival in Highland Park, IL.

My god-parents Opa and Bubbe (née Paul and Judy) introduced me to some wonderful art (both of them are big art enthusiasts)! Opa explained various art pieces to me and I quickly developed a taste! I was especially fond of one piece: A huge monkey made out of metal!

But what is an Art Festival without a Family Fun section to express yourself? The Festival provided a Graffiti wall (for toddlers of all ages) which was especially fun! I picked up some chalk right away and started expressing myself on a 16 feet long and four feet high wall! Mommy showed me how to spell out my name and daddy attempted to draw a horse which ended up looking more or less like a sheep or some sort! Daddy is so funny!

What did you do over the weekend?