Arts and Crafts with a Toddler

Anyone who knows me or reads this blog knows that I love arts and crafts and do them every chance I get. So I couldn’t wait until H was old enough to get in on the fun.

Whether he is actually old enough to take part in these activities is still up for debate, but that didn’t stop me from trying to pique his interest. This past weekend we tried coloring on his new Pottery Barn Kids craft table. The table and roll of paper is awesome (mainly because it cleans off easily), crayons and H – well let’s just say we need some practice. He immediately put them in his mouth. We’ll have to try that one again a little later.

Next up, finger painting, which went a lot better thanks to some planning ahead of time. First, I gathered my materials including washable finger paints, an art smock for H, large pieces of paper, Saran wrap, and masking tape. Let me explain these last two tools.

Art Smock

To keep the mess to a minimumĀ I got H in his art smock. Then I laid out a piece of paper on the table, put a few dollops of different colored paint (I encourage you to squirt lines and zig zags, simple designs, etc. because it will make it more fun for the little guy), then I put a piece of Saran wrap over the top and taped it down to the table covering the paper underneath so the paint doesn’t come out.

Finger Painting

Then I sat H on my lap and let him go at it. He seemed to really like it and ended up making two pieces.

Toddler Art 2

To document our art projects I used this great app called Artkive where you can snap a shot of your tot’s artwork and it archives it by date and by child. You can then share it with family and friends or make a book out of your little one’s artwork, which I fully intend to do once we have more of a collection.

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