The key to arts and crafts?
SIMPLE. SIMPLE. SIMPLE.
The easier the craft the more fun it will be for your child AND you. Think of an easy project, then find a way to make it easier. And now, make it even easier.
How? Plan activities that have few steps. You can even set up the activity before beginning. Break it down into steps so you know exactly what you are doing next. Of course, have clean up materials handy and a space to place items to dry if necessary.
Here are three activities to try this week.
SHAKE UP HEARTS
- Cut a heart out of art paper, place in container with paint and mixers -heart candies, marbles, bells, dried pasta or beans.
- SHAKE IT!
- Let love dry 🙂
Squeeze a toilet paper roll to form a heart and place tape around to hold the shape. Stamp in paint then on paper.
***With all of these, projects, don’t ever let the stock photo fool you. With a babe under 2, you will be doing most of the work. Try the “hand over hand” method. Here, place your hand over you child’s hand on the cardboard tube. This way, you are completing the motion, but your child is a part of the fun.
“Stamp the heart, thump, thump, thump.”
“Dip and stamp, stamp, stamp.”
VALENTINES FOR THE BIRDS
Spread a thin layer of peanut butter (or soy butter, or sunflower butter, or almond butter) on a piece of bread. Use a cookie cutter to cut out a shape. Dip into a shallow dish filled with bird seed. Thread with a string and hang outside the window.
Stay tuned for monthly crafty ideas to do with your babes. Touching on creativity is important on so many levels. Creating helps children develop knowledge of objects such as crayons and paint, while experiencing sensory materials while getting messy or squeezing play doh. As children grow, they begin to express themselves through art. They can also begin to communicate through art where their words have yet to develop. Children should be creating every day. This doesn’t mean you have to plan an elaborate project every day. Provide children with different materials. Crayons and paper one day, chalk and chalkboard the next, or a white board and dry erase markers.
Now, go play!