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 is also a great way to introduce colours to them, practice their fine motor skills and inspire creativity! 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. We share 7 fun painting activities that we have tried with our toddlers when they were below 2 years old!
1. HAND/FINGER PAINTING
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!
2. PAINTING WITH TOOLS
Kids love adult tools and they also like making BIG projects! Let your toddler have fun with tools like paintbrushes, rolllawhich are easily purchased from stores. Present them with a large canvas (horizontal and vertical surfaces) and 3D objects and let them go wild!
Common household items like cookie cutters, toilet rolls, lego blocks and food (potato, limes etc) can be used for stamping activities! Stamping activities are great to develop a child's fine motor skills, exploring cause and effect and learning about a certain theme (eg Transportation, as seen in picture 2). For older children, you can get them to "design" wrapping papers or DIY cards using stampers!
4. CAR PAINTING
You can conduct this activity in a tray, or outdoors on a large canvas. Children will have so much fun racing their toy vehicles across the paper and seeing them create paint tracks across it. End the activity by getting them involved in washing the cars!
5. ICE PAINTING
We love ice as a sensorial activity for children because it's so simple to prepare and there are so many learning opportunities from playing/painting with ice! Besides the sensory play, children learn about the concepts of ice melting into water, the concept of "coldness" and how water can be used for painting (liquid state). You can freeze water into popsicles or ice cubes and include a dropper for your child to witness the ice melting into water.
6. FORK PAINTING
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!
The mess washes away, but the fun memories & learning will stay :)
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