Things Your Toddler Can Use to Paint
Spontaneity Within Structure
Children are natural at being creative in everything they do. As an art therapist and mother, I am a strong advocate for providing children with art materials and a space to be creative.
When toddlers create they need structure. This provides them creative freedom within the boundaries you provide or in other words, spontaneity within the structure. Mother's feel more at ease when they know their toddler does not have free reign to color on the walls of the house. Therefore, the first step in providing toddlers with materials to paint, is to make a space for them.
Here are some ideas where toddlers can paint:
- Take it outside- Paint on the lawn, sidewalk, sandbox or driveway.
- Put a tarp down- Tarps are inexpensive at any hardware store, put a tarp down in the area you designate as the painting zone.
- In the bathtub- Bathtubs are a great space to get messy, because the child, walls and bathtub floor can all be washed down.
- In the highchair- Highchairs are designed to get messy. The highchair keeps your toddler secured as well as give them a table top to work on.
- In the garage- A corner of the garage can be designated to art making as long as adult supervision is in the garage with the toddler.
- In the basement- Basements are often a great place to be messy and creative at the same time.
- A park bench- If you truly do not want any messes in or around your home, pack a painting kit to a bench park.
- Kitchen Table- The kitchen is a great hub for family gathering. This can include creativity during the day.
Painting Ideas For Toddlers
Once you have a space prepared it is time to give your toddler art tools. Remember, a toddler's attention span is short. You would want to do multiple short art sessions instead of trying to have the toddler do an art piece for a long duration of time.
There are many creative ways to integrate painting into your toddler's play. Here are a few suggestions that use common household items. Paint does not need to be fine art.
Karo Syrup Art For Toddlers
- Light Karo Syrup
- Food Coloring
- Jumbo marshmallows
- Paper Plates
- Pour a large drop of Karo Syrup in the middle of a paper plate. Add 1 or 2 drops of food coloring. (Add only one or two colors at a time. Adding more colors will risk the colors blending together and making a yucky brown. Less colors keep it vibrant.)
- Give the toddler a marshmallow. Show the toddler how to smear the Karo syrup around on the plate with the marshmallow.
- Set the plate aside. It will take 24 hours for the Karo syrup to fully dry. When it dries it will be shinny.
- Allow the child to create on one plate and then remove the plate and offer another plate to make additional creations. This is better than overworking one plate.
Remember everything is ediable. If the toddler puts something in their mouth they will not get sick on art materials. Though, they will get a sugar high.
Shaving Cream Art
- White shaving cream
- Food coloring
- Muffin tin
- Fill each muffin tin with shaving cream
- Add a few drops of food coloring into each section
- Let the toddler stir the food coloring with the shaving cream with a brush
- Let the toddler play with the colors, making different shapes and forms
- Toddler can paint on the bathtub walls or himself
- All rinses away
Ideas For Toddlers Art
Items Toddlers Can Use to Paint With
Items Toddlers Can Use As Paint
Items Toddlers Can Use to Paint On
Brown Paper Bags
Cut vegetables in half and use them as stamps
Food Colored Water
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