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Paper shapes with the toddler art group


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.





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


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.



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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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    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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    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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    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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    October 12, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Love this:)

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    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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