Thursday, January 12, 2012

{ toddler activity : finger painting }

Jacob and I did our first "toddler activity" of the year earlier this week.
It's part of one of my goals for this year because my little guy needs stimulation 
that goes beyond simply playing with his trains all day.

So on Friday we finally sat down to do some finger painting.
Last time I tried finger painting with him he tried to eat it all
so you might understand that I was hesitant to do it again.
But it seems that 15.5 months was just the right age!
Jake-the-Snake totally got the concept of painting with your hands.

I am excited for these toddler activity time I am starting.
Spending time entirely dedicated to Jake was so heartwarming.
It made me realize how little uninterrupted one-on-one time I spend with him.
I hope that will change entirely this year.

What you need: 
Cut up cardboard box.
Toxic free finger paints
Creative painting tools
(such as cut up sponges, Tupperware tops, medicine droppers)
An old t-shirt to protect ruining child's clothes

What to do:
Start with a drop of each color on the cardboard canvas and show them how to spread it throughout.
Introduce the tools one at a time, showing the child how to use each one of them. 
Most importantly, let your child go nuts! 
They have so much fun seeing the new colors they create 
and feeling the textures of what they're touching.

- Keep a wet washcloth nearby. It's easiest to get the excess paint off right when the child is done painting. Then quickly whisk them away to a sink or bathtub.

- Make sure you have a block of time to dedicate to cleaning up after this activity. I made sure to do this right before Jacob's tv time. So when we were done, he immediately sat down to watch Sesame Street while I cleaned up his mess. 

Isn't Jake's hedgehog the cutest thing ever? He was our art judge for the morning.


Nicole said...

So cute! I love letting my nieces & nephew paint.

Unknown said...

You are so brave! I tried crayons and paper with Sunny this morning and that's as messy as I can bear. She had a lot of fun scribbling and only tasted the crayons once to see if they were edible.

Mandy Ford Art & Illustration said...

How fun! This is on my list of things that we need to do with our boys too. They are obsessed with trains as well so anything new is a good thing! LOL :) Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!

ladybug said...

that is adorable. I think taryn has a recipe for edible paint (the kind of art you don't save though). looks like alot of fun.

Katie said...

He is adorable! I am such a sucker for toddler art projects!


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