Category Archives: Toddlers (1-3)

Tape Art

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Submitted by: Alison Busby

Toddlers use tape to create amazing effects in their art.

Goals:

  • To explore cause and effect
  • To practice fine motor skills
  • To participate in a hands-on sensory activity

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: paint in multiple colors, masking or painter’s tape, cardstock or heavy painting paper, paint brushes.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Apply tape to the paper in the desired design.

Step 2.
Use fingers or painting tools to paint over the tape.

Step 3.
Carefully remove the tape from the paper.

Furthermore:
Try adding additional layers of colors. After painting with one color and removing the tape, put down more tape and paint a second color. What happens in the areas where the paint colors overlap?

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Spider Hat

spiderhat

Submitted by: Kathy Worrell

Learn about spiders as children make a goofy hat!

Goals:

  • To learn about spiders
  • To learn that spiders have 8 legs

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: black construction paper, wiggly eyes, glue, staples and a stapler or black tape.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Cut black construction paper into 10 equal, long strips for each child.

Step 2.
Take two strips and attach them together to create a circle that fits around the child’s head.

Step 3.
Attach 4 legs to each side of the circle. Crinkle the legs in an accordion fashion.

Step 4.
Add wiggly eyes to the front of the spider hat.

Furthermore:
Have the children wear their hats as they sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and read books about spiders.

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Exploration Ice Blocks

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Submitted by: Mandy White

Let little ones explore textures, colors, temperatures and more!

Goals:

  • To learn about different textures
  • To practice matching skills
  • To learn about the different forms of water: gas, solid, liquid

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: ice cube trays, plastic containers, Liquid Watercolor™ and various materials (glitter, colored sand, colored rice, leaves, flowers, rocks, small sticks, etc.).

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Fill the different compartments with a little bit of the different materials you gathered. Carefully fill the tray with water. Add some drops of Liquid Watercolor™ to some of the compartments. Allow to freeze overnight.

Step 2.
The next day, empty the ice cube tray into a clear plastic container. Allow the children to touch and feel the cubes and encourage discussion about how the different materials frozen inside of them feel.

Step 3.
Use tweezers to help you explore the different ice cubes, while also practicing the pincer grasp.

Furthermore:
Ask the children to match cubes with similar attributes (colors, size, materials, etc.), or try practicing fine motor skills by stacking the cubes.

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Making Clouds

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Submitted by: Brittany Rackliffe

Introduce clouds to little ones with this fun and easy activity!

Goals:

  • To learn about clouds with a fun craft
  • To encourage creativity and fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: shaving cream, Elmer’s® glue, paintbrushes, craft bowls and construction paper. Mix 1 cup of shaving cream and 2 tablespoons of glue together or to your desired consistency ahead of time (should feel slightly thicker than the shaving cream by itself).

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Talk to the children about clouds. Show them some pictures of the different types of clouds, pointing out their different shapes and sizes.

Step 2.
Give each child a piece of construction paper and a paintbrush. Demonstrate how to dip a paintbrush into the mixture and paint a cloud on a piece of paper.

Step 3.
Let each child create their own unique clouds on their papers.

Step 4.
Allow to dry and hang on display!

Furthermore:
You can also use Colorations® No-Drip Foam Paint as an alternative material for this craft, or add Colorations® Make it Puffy to paint to give it a fluffy texture, perfect for clouds.

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Fun With My Five Senses

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Submitted by: Lynn Hawkins

Children will play with BioPutty® using their fingers for the sense of touch. By adding the primary colors (red, yellow & blue) of BioColor® the activity now becomes not only a touch sensory activity, but also a visual activity.

Goals:

  • Increase fine motor skills
  • Enhance color recognition
  • Introduce color mixing

Before You Start:
Mix 1 cup of BioPutty® solution with 1/3 cup of (primary colors) BioColor® paints, per child.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have the children start mixing the solution of BioPutty®. As they play and spread the mixture out it will start to create new colors.

Furthermore:
This activity will help children to recognize color and that when colors are blended together they create a secondary color.

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Bubble Pop Art

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Submitted by: Rashell Percy

This simple activity is a great way to introduce toddlers to Monet style painting.

Goals:

  • To develop fine and gross motor skills
  • To encourage fluid eye-hand coordination

Before You Start:
Prepare a clean work station for this art project. You may want to get smocks to put over the children’s clothes. Gather a few sheets of white construction paper and cut each in half. Set out bubble wrap pockets (one for each child), and prepare bowls with blue Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paint and green Colorations® Washable Glitter paint. You may also recycle old bubble wrap for this project.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Provide each child with a half sheet of white construction paper and a bubble wrap pocket. Help children put the bubble wrap pocket over one of their hands.

Step 2.
Have the children dip the bubble wrap into the blue Colorations® tempera paint, and then pat their white papers to create a circle bubble effect.

Step 3.
Help children wash the blue paint from their bubble wrap pockets and dry.

Step 4.
Have children now dip the pockets into the green Colorations® glitter paint and pat it over the blue paint on their papers. Allow to dry.

Step 5.
After drying, hang these creative paintings on display around the classroom.

Furthermore:
Allow children to share their paintings at circle time. It is also a great opportunity to share some pictures of paintings by the artist Monet with the children. The teacher may also try recycling some other types of bubble wrap from home for children to create different effects with the paint, or simply try using different colors paint with the same activity.

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Pussy Willows in a Vase

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Submitted by: Cherie Kory

A fun and delicious project for little ones to get their hands on!

Goals:

  • To develop creativity and fine motor skills
  • To explore textures and dimensions

Before You Start:
Gather black and brown construction paper, foam sheets (with or without a sticky back), scissors, glue, and a bag of mini marshmallows. Pre-cut narrow strips of brown construction paper to use as stems of the pussy willows. Pre-cut vase shapes from the foam sheets and prepare small bowls to hold glue and marshmallows. Set materials on a flat surface that is easy for the children to reach.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Give each child a sheet of black construction paper for their project. This is a great opportunity to ask the children if they’ve ever seen pussy willows. Explain to the children what pussy willows are and that they are each going to make their own fun pictures of them.

Step 2.
Demonstrate to the children how to glue the narrow strips of brown construction paper onto the black paper for the stems of the pussy willows. Help them glue their own “stems” onto the paper.

Step 3.
Show the children how to glue the pre-cut foam vases at the base of the stems and help them glue (or stick) on their own.

Step 4.
Allow the children glue marshmallows along the brown “stems” any way they like. Now everyone has an original piece of art to display in the classroom.

Furthermore:
A variation on this project would be to use finger paint/washable stamp pads, instead of marshmallows, to teach children about fingerprints and their uniqueness. Prepare bowls of finger paint and stamp pads, and then have children dip their fingers in and make fingerprints for the pussy willow blossoms. Once their pictures have dried, allow the children to look at their fingerprints close up. Let them tell you what they see.

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