Thursday, October 18, 2012

Toddler Art and Exploration Ideas

I love arts and crafts, but toddler art/exploration is still new to me. I am more of an outdoorsy mom and one who likes to go on adventures.

For at home play, I stick with what is easy to manage and prepare like coloring, stickers, painting, chalk, puzzles, etc., but there is so much more out there.

In searching Pinterest I've seen so many amazing ideas that super moms have done with their toddlers. I'm trying to be more inspired this week. So far I think I deserve a C, but I'm not giving up. 

This week I've tried shaving cream play, DIY puffy paint, leaf rubbing, painting pumpkins, and celery (flower) painting. Let's just say these weren't the best choices for 2 year olds.

Feeling out of ideas today, I decided to throw together some sensory muffin tins. Sensory bins are everywhere on Pinterest and most of them look like so much work. I searched my pantry for anything I could find that would go in 2 mini muffin tins. I came up with rocks, shells, marshmallows, candy corn, fake berries, mini pine cones, lentils, pasta shells, shelled walnuts and almonds. I gave each child a tin filled with items, a spoon and a bowl and let them explore.

We talked about each of the items, felt them, tasted when appropriate and they continued to play. The shelled nuts were the most interesting because they could shake them and hear something inside. This was a fun project and so easy to replicate for different seasons. I did a mini version, but it was something new for us.

Tomorrow, I plan on dumping all the items in a bowl and having them sort them back into the muffin tins. I think our next activity will be cloud dough or moon sand. You can find the directions by clicking here.

Please share your crafty ideas for toddler play. We'd love to hear them.

Posted by Liz

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