*The twins are 25 months actual, 23 months adjusted
Planning art activities for young toddlers can sometimes be challenging. Toddlers live in the moment and don’t yet possess the ability to plan ahead or see the “big picture,” meaning art projects that require them to complete steps in order to produce a certain outcome are above their developmental level. Attempting a product- focused art project with a toddler will most likely result in frustration on the parts of both the adults and the children, which in turn may lead to the abandonment of art all together until the children get older. This is unfortunate, because little ones get so much out of exploring the process of creating art, and the adults who work with them learn a few lessons, too!
We completed several art projects as part of our farm unit because my twins have really been enjoying them- up until recently their excitement about activities involving paint, glue, etc. has only been lukewarm, but they seem to have hit a new phase in their development where these things are suddenly very interesting (my inner child is doing cartwheels!). On this particular rainy day, I decided to cover our breakfast table with a huge sheet of butcher paper, give them plates full of non-toxic finger paint, and let them use items from our farm unit to paint with. I tried to refrain from too much demonstration so they could be as free as possible in their exploration. I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.
Before you think I have completely lost my mind, think about what an activity like this provides in the way of developmental stimulation. Sensory play, discovering cause-and-effect relationships, language stimulation, color identification, imaginative play, problem solving…all in one gloriously messy play session. Still think I’m nuts?
Well, that makes two of us 😉
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