Art for the Ages

You talked, we listened!  Here are some easy art activities to do with the wee ones.  They also carry over to simple art activities for toddlers.  Remember, just because they are capable of more, doesn’t mean its going to be any easier for you.  Keep all of your activities simple, no matter the age, and everyone will be a lot happier.  Try a project with 18 steps where it has to dry and then you peel it off and then add glue to the corner aaaaaannnnddd the two year old is eating a googly eye.  Simplify with these easy activities:

 

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  1. Ball Painting: Get the smock out.  Roll a ball through paint.
  2. Shake Paint: Place paper in any container/box with a lid.  Add a few drops of paint, any small objects (marbles, golf balls etc).  Put the lid on and shake it up!
  3. Paper and Plastic: Similar to above, squeeze a few drops of paint on a piece of paper.  Carefully place paper in a large ziplock bag.  Seal and seal again with packaging tape.  If you are afraid of baby biting plastic, double bag.  Tape to the floor for tummy time, to the wall for those learning to pull themselves up.
  4. Sensory Bags:  Fill a ziplock bag with oil (baby, veggie, canola, etc) and a few drops of food coloring.  Double bag and seal with packaging tape.  Let baby squeeze and poke away.
  5. Mess Free Baby Bubble Wrap: Drops of paint on paper.  Tape bubble wrap over top.  Again, place on the floor for tummy timers, on the wall for walkers.

 

These too!
Picasso: Place a few drops of paint on a canvas.  Wrap in plastic wrap.  Let baby create a masterpiece for the museum.

Car paint:  Cars or plastic animals, let baby drive cars through paint blobs on  black paper.

Animals in mud:  Sprinkle hot chocolate powder on paper.  Spritz with water to make a paste.  Use plastic animals to “get dirty”!

Edible Fingerpaint:
yogurt
cocoa powder + water
strawberry preserves
squashed blueberries
pureed baby food ( orange- carrots, green-peas, etc)

Have the wipes ready, and have fun!

Now, go play!

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