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Paper shapes with the toddler art group

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The toddler art group was held at Iver's house yesterday. It was just the two babes again, so feels a little funny calling it a "group", but one family was sick, another was out of town, and a couple more haven't started coming yet.

Iver's mama, Angie, made construction paper shapes before the meeting for Daphne and Iver to play with. Not two-dimensional circles and squares (which is what I had pictured), but 3-D spirals, accordians, tunnels, and tents! How cool! It would never have occurred to me to make something like this just for 10-12 month old kiddos to mouth and explore. Maybe for older kids to glue onto paper as a collage, but not for the these two simply to experience. But what a great idea! Of course they loved them.

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I'm planning to copy Angie's idea and cut and fold some shapes to play with at home!

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We also got out some playdough for the babes. I usually make my own, but this time tried some yummy-smelling modeling dough from Clementine Art. They were excited by the playdough, and poked at it, but that was the extent of the interaction. We'll try again when they're a little older.

 

7 Comments

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    welcome to our wonderland
    September 30, 2010 at 10:13 am

    love those bright colorful paper shapes! that dough looks so great!! !:)

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    Maureen
    September 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Love all the big paper shapes! What a fantastic idea.

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    Two Chicks and a Hen
    October 1, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    This is a great idea. I’ve been finding myself in a mixed baby/toddler group lately with my two year old (in the waiting room of her sister’s downtown preschool), and I think I’ll bring some of these next week to entertain the kiddos.

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    Emma
    October 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    very cool – I’m the mom who won the clementine art paints a while back. I’m now teaching a 90 minute 2’s preschool through a local community center – I think we’ll do some of this paper exploration soon!! thanks :)

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    Emma
    October 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    lesson learned with my own 2 year old… little ones are not satisified with “safe” scissors, so prep with grown up scissors needs to be done in advance ;-) (my almost 5 year old is cool with her age-appropriate version of mine, but he’s not happy till he has the real, big thing!)

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    Gail
    October 12, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Love this:)

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    Julia
    January 24, 2011 at 11:36 am

    We just tried this project last week and it was a huge success! Thanks for the great idea (: I posted about it at my blog this week. Thanks again!

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