My First Art Project: Unleash Your Toddler’s Inner Artist
Art projects are a fun way to allow your child to express him or herself, and it’s really never too early to get started. These moms were more than happy to show off the masterpieces crafted by their tiny artists. Take a look and find a project you’d like to try with your little one. Get the list of supplies you’ll need for each project in this checklist.
“My son loves the book Where the Wild Things Are. Since the character Max wears a crown when he becomes king of all the wild things, I constructed one for my son Sam and let him decorate it. I glued the ribbon around the base, and he decorated the rest with metallic stickers. I used foam board for the crown so that he can peel the stickers off and move them around when he likes.”
- Jennifer C.
Stick to It
“We get foam stickers, they usually sell them in kits, and do those with the kids, basically for every holiday — they are a big hit! It’s a good craft to do with many ages.” - Meridith D.
“Ben loves to finger paint, so we started making these little notecards that he can send to his grandparents. I paint his initial on the front of the card, then he paints around it. Grandmas and Grandpas love getting these in the mail.” - Casey S.
“Alex has art daily at school and one of my favorites is one week he painted a sheet of paper a different color every day. The teacher cut them into the shapes of farm animals and they made a farm. Through this they worked in colors, animals and sounds.”
- Tara R.
“My daughter loves fruit so we made stamps out of fruit slices, dipped them in the corresponding paint color and stamped them on paper. The only catch was making sure she didn’t try to eat the fruit after it had been dipped in the paint!”
- Beth M.
“I put a bunch of tape on a piece of construction paper and my son crumples up pieces of different colored tissue paper and sticks them to the tape. In the end we have a little 3-D mosaic of sorts.” - Catherine S.
“My son’s teacher cut out the shape of the cat and then she puts glue dots on the paper and the kids have to put the decorations on it…it works on motor skills.” - Tara R.
“Lily had fun with this. The blue dots are circles we punched out of construction paper with a hole-puncher. She finger-painted blue non-toxic paint on wax paper, then we sprinkled the blue dots on top. Later, it was mounted on other pieces of colored construction paper.” - Ana K.