Our toddlers love painting activities and so do we! Give your toddler paints, some tools and paper, and it’s guaranteed to be a sensorial activity that can keep them occupied for some time! It’s also a great way to introduce colours to them, and have them put their fine motor skills to practice. We recommend using washable paints which makes clean up really easy and you don’t have to worry about dirtying the walls, floors or furniture.
These painting activity ideas were done when both Celyn & Claire were below 2 years old, but it’s also great for older kids!
Young toddlers or even babies who don’t know how to use a brush can still be exposed to painting - all you need are your hands and fingers!
Keep a momento of your little one’s handprints and turn it into a piece of art like what we did!
Kids love adult tools and they also like making BIG projects! Let your toddler have fun with rollers which are easily purchased from stores. Present them with a large canvas and let them go wild!
Toilet Roll Stamping
What do you usually do with your toilet rolls? Before you throw them away, reuse and put them to good use with some painting fun with your kid! Toilet rolls can be cut and patterned into firework stamps or flower stamps. Put 2-3 different colours on individual plates, and you get a beautiful multi-coloured work of art as your child stamps away with the toilet roll!
Cup & Cookie Cutter Stamping
Explore shapes with your child with some painting activity using cups and cookie cutter shapes! Cups are one Claire’s favourite tools to paint with because she likes the stamping sound of the cups make on the paper.
You can conduct this activity in a tray, or outdoors on a large canvas. Claire had fun racing her toy vehicles across the paper and seeing them create paint tracks across it. She kept asking to add more blobs of paint! Eventually, she figured out a quick and easy way to create more paint tracks by tilting her tray up and down! We ended the painting session with another fun activity – car wash!
I love ice as a sensorial activity for toddlers because it’s low prep and absolutely free! Here, I filled up the ice tray and added water colours so we’d have rainbow coloured ice for some sensorial play. This activity kept Claire engaged for 15 minutes and up as she transferred the ice cubes from the tub to the kitchen towels and witnessed the cubes melt into colorful puddles on the towels. She simply loved the cool sensation of the ice on her hands, and kept transferring the ice to and fro!
Fork painting is such a fun painting technique! It allows for different textures and lines and creates something uniquely different than a paintbrush. The possibilities of what you can paint with a fork are endless. Here, Celyn is painting a brown bear with her fork!
We hope you do try out some of these activities with your child and have fun painting!
The mess washes away, but the fun memories & learning will stay :)