Halloween painting with the toddler art group

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We did some painting again with the toddler art group yesterday. We had two thirteen month olds and two 1 1/2 year olds. We could paint every week and they would be happy. This is 13-month-old Juniper, above. Her shirt and face didn't stay this clean.


We set out two colors of paint — orange, in honor of Halloween, and dark blue, mostly because there wasn't a black in the set of Clementine Art paints we used. And of course they were soon mixed together!


We started out using fingers with the paints…


But then tried brushes as well. This is Flynn, little brother to one of the original toddler art group members.


And this is 19-month-old Joe, above (with mama, Rachel), also the younger brother of a couple of original art group members.

While the kiddos worked on our laps at the kitchen table yesterday, I'd like to get them back into the studio soon. Our studio table is adjustable and needs to be lowered before they can work at it. Perhaps next week…

I've been struggling with this a bit, because the studio table is currently at the perfect height for Maia and her friends and I want her to continue to use the studio. But at the same time, I'd like a table that Daphne and the rest of the toddler art group can stand at to use comfortably and safely. Such a dilemma! There's really not room back there for two tables, unless I give up my sewing corner, and I'm afraid that's what I'm going to end up doing. I think it's time to find a new sewing spot.

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  1. says

    They are so adorable! Good job to all those mamas who aren’t afraid to let their little ones get messy.
    I think you might be right about moving your sewing. For one thing, sewing and toddler art don’t seem like they should be in the same room! Good luck, I know it is hard to find a spot for all of a mom’s things.

  2. Celeste says

    What kind of adjustable table do you have in your studio? I’m looking for something like that to use in our home.

  3. says

    Wow, a toddler art group sounds like a fun idea! Do you have the same amount of kids all the time? Do you try to incorporate some technique or just let them do what they want? I think maybe I’d like to try this in my area :)

  4. says

    Yeah… Sewing and toddler art probably don’t belong together. They’ve coexisted for a while in that room, but I think it’s time to relocate the sewing.

  5. says

    What if you had another table, made shorter by sawing off the legs, that slid right under Maia’s table? Then it doesn’t take up any extra space when not being used.
    I recently made a fairly craptacular Ikea table into something way cooler by screwing a bigger top onto it and covering it with vinyl.
    Or, have a wide platform for them to stand on at Maia’s big kid table.
    Love your blog. You are so darn creative and motivated. Such an inspiration me. Thank you. <3