First Art Experiences

We've been jumping into some really simple but meaningful art activities, at home and during Play&Learn class. If you're ready to start doing some art with your child, but aren't sure where to start, here are some ideas!

Stickers

This is the first piece of art Wilson made. It's a black piece of cardstock with with stickers. It was challenging for him and really exercised his pincer grip. The high contrast of the white on black was certainly a point of interest!

This is the first piece of art Wilson made. It's a black piece of cardstock with with stickers. It was challenging for him and really exercised his pincer grip. The high contrast of the white on black was certainly a point of interest!

 

Crayons

I've been very happy with these. They are small and easy to hold, the colors are beautiful, and they mark with little pressure. The box says they are for children 3 and up but under supervision I think they are safe for toddlers who are moving past the mouthing phase. We cover the table with paper and he marks away!

I've been very happy with these. They are small and easy to hold, the colors are beautiful, and they mark with little pressure. The box says they are for children 3 and up but under supervision I think they are safe for toddlers who are moving past the mouthing phase. We cover the table with paper and he marks away!

Collage

I asked my P&L families to collect fallen leaves and bring them to class. I taped some contact paper to the window, sticky-side out, and children created a beautiful collage that changed over the course of the morning - leaves were placed, taken off, moved around. I've also done this with fabric scraps and other lightweight found objects.

I asked my P&L families to collect fallen leaves and bring them to class. I taped some contact paper to the window, sticky-side out, and children created a beautiful collage that changed over the course of the morning - leaves were placed, taken off, moved around. I've also done this with fabric scraps and other lightweight found objects.

Playdough

This is one of Wilson's new favorites! I used the Tinkerlab recipe and it's nice and smooth; you can definitely half the recipe and still have plenty for your child to work with. I chose to leave the first batch colorless and scentless while he figures out that playdough is not for eating... but am thinking of making him some holiday-inspired blobs for his Christmas stocking. We store it in a small container with a silicone mat and a wooden clay knife. Using the bowl was his idea!

This is one of Wilson's new favorites! I used the Tinkerlab recipe and it's nice and smooth; you can definitely half the recipe and still have plenty for your child to work with. I chose to leave the first batch colorless and scentless while he figures out that playdough is not for eating... but am thinking of making him some holiday-inspired blobs for his Christmas stocking. We store it in a small container with a silicone mat and a wooden clay knife. Using the bowl was his idea!

This book is very useful. It offers lots and lots of ideas for process-based, sensorial, and open-ended art activities for the youngest children! You can buy it here.

This book is very useful. It offers lots and lots of ideas for process-based, sensorial, and open-ended art activities for the youngest children! You can buy it here.

What are your child's favorite art activities? I'm looking forward to introducing paint next!