Friday, February 16, 2018

14 Ways To Discover Art with a 14 Month Old

Toddlers are so much fun! They're really becoming their own person, with mini attitudes and all the curiosity and wonder in the world!

It can be a bit of a trial getting used to a mini tornado in your house if your child was a quiet baby-but honestly it's fun!

There are so many different ways to play with and engage your tot!

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In the last few weeks I've had readers and family ask me about entertaining their 14month old babies, (the holidays can be hard if you're used to filling your time with playgroup activities!) so I thought I'd compose a few posts about things you can do.

The mums I've been speaking to have had a specific interest in introducing art to their still mouthing babes, so today that's what I'm focusing on.

To do ALL of the activities listed below here's a list of what you would need:
Easy Grip Paintbrushes
Painters Paintbrush
Food dye
Popsicle Sticks
Easel Paper
Bucket or old Milo Tin
Large box
Contact Paper
Masking Tape
Found nature items or the torn paper from activity #2
Ziplock Bags

Let the fun begin!

1. Enjoy a nice warm shower and after (or during if you're desperate!) give your toddler a paintbrush and let them "paint" shapes through the steam. For a little something extra give them a small pot of water to paint with too.

2. Harness your toddler's inner desire to DESTROY and introduce them to the art of destruction!
3. Explore colours with Messy Monster's process driven, taste-safe ice painting.

 4. Sit them inside the box and let them draw in it with crayons or textas or even paint it from the inside...containing the mess!

5. Grab a roll of easel paper and some paint: roll the paper accross the ground. Place small blobs of paint across and crawl through! We tend to do this one naked with a paddling pool full of warm soapy water nearby for easy clean up!
6. Feel the need for less mess? Try No Mess Bubblewrap Painting! Find all the how to here:

7. Does your toddler enjoy stomping? Give them something to stomp about with No Mess Stomp Painting! All the details here:

8. There's nothing quite so easy or entertaining as good old simple water painting. Find out more here: 

9. Put stickers on a box or in it!

10. Try no mess high chair painting. Get the details here:

11. Grab your chalk, head outside and enjoy drawing together on the driveway. This is a great one for days when they're bouncing off the walls-you can't bounce off the walls if there are no walls!

12. Collect your paintbrush and cardboard box and try this simple activity from I Can Teach My Child.
13. Contact + nature items or just the torn paper from activity #2. Full directions here:

14. Mirror + paint: paint mirror, wipe off or print with paper and do again and again.

Happy arting!

If you're after some inspiration be sure to sign up for our 6 Days of Toddler Play Challenge! To sign up simply join our Facebook Group.

Please always supervise your infant/child at play.  Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.  You know you're infant/child best, use your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits, behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.

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