Today I want to share a few tips for making toddler painting fun for everyone...
- Supplies: Besides tempera paint and brushes, you'll want large sheets of paper, a container to hold your paint and some painter's tape
- With toddlers and paint less is more. I only add a small amount to Charlie's dish (an old pie tin) at a time to prevent major spills.
- Less is also more when it comes to toddler's clothing and painting. I prefer stripping down to the diaper versus covering up with an apron or smock. The good Lord knew what he was doing when he made kids so washable.
- The larger the paper the better, it will keep more paint on the page and less on the...everything else.
- Tape your paper down to the surface you child is working on to prevent the masterpiece from being brushed right on to the floor.
- If you want to keep the art work from looking like mud (say for a gift for grandma) limit the color palate. Choose two primary colors and that way, when they mix, you just get a pretty secondary color! Sometimes we do two primaries and white to make pastels.
Supplies: Tempera paint (preferably two primary colors), paintbrush, container for paint, large sheets of paper, tape, pencil, scissors
- Tape your paper to the work surface and let your kiddo paint! The thicker and gloppier the better
- When your child is done fold the page in half with the paint on the inside and smoosh the two halves together.
- Open and allow to dry completely
- Once dry, fold the painting along the same fold line and and draw half of a symmetrical shape along the fold. (Ideas...butterfly, leaf, Christmas tree, heart, star)
- Cut out your shape, open up and hang some where to enjoy your child's pretty artwork!
Come back tomorrow for ideas to display all of your little ones sweet scribbles!
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