7 Tips for Doing Art with Toddlers
1. Use a low table, such as a coffee table, for your art.
Toddlers work best when they can move and use their whole bodies to make art. A kids easel is great, too.
2. Have a dedicated art outfit
Keep a large T-shirt or art smock on hand for your child to wear while making art (at least for messier projects). Keep in mind, even “washable” paints don’t always wash out completely.
3. Follow your toddler’s lead
For your toddler, a few minutes may be more than enough for the day. Don’t force it. Remember, the point is to have fun!
4. Easy cleanup
Have a wet rag or a towel and a dishpan full of warm, soapy water on hand to aid in cleaning up. Some projects are messy enough that an initial wipe is helpful before making it to the sink to wash hands.
5. Let your toddler explore!
Toddlers won’t always use the art materials the way you think they should be used but that’s okay! Encourage exploration and materials and offer them over and over again. Repetition, as with many things at this age, builds skills and confidence in children.
6. How to Talk with Kids about Art
Rather than saying how “pretty” the painting is, talk with your toddler about the colors and lines. Help your child develop a vocabulary with which to think and talk about art constructively.
7. Date the artwork.
I promise you that later, you won’t remember.