How to Introduce Art to Toddlers
- Monday, 21 February 2011
- Begin with a simple activity such as coloring on paper with markers. Markers are perfect for little ones because they require little effort to make bright colors.
- Be prepared in the event that your child doesn't want to partake in the activity or that they only try for a few minutes. This doesn't mean they don't enjoy art, it just means they aren't quite ready for which there may be many reasons.
- Gather your materials together. A drop cloth for easy clean up, your art materials and a paint shirt.
- Find a good place to create. This could be a table, high chair, easel or floor.
- Put down your drop cloth, lay out your materials, and put on the paint shirt. If the paint shirt is too big, you can always cut down the sleeves.
- Create next to your child. This will provide supervision, inspiration and conversation.
- Stop the activity while your child is still having fun so that they will want to create again.
- Have your child help you clean up.
- Place the art materials where they are visible but out of reach. If your child can see the materials, they will ask to use them again.
- Try another art activity on a different day using a new medium. Play dough is another simple activity for young children to manipulate.