The Honest Toddler.
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.
My mom is always on the hunt for great activities that will keep me entertained & happy because in my early years it is all about: Learning, Playing and Imagining!
Today we came across Buggy and Buddy ! A great website with an even better craft section! My parents and I liked the stuffed paper apples project – so we got started on this ourselves!
For one on one directions click here.
Mastering Crayons and Scribbles.
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!).