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5 Easy Art Projects For Toddlers!

5 Easy Art Projects For Toddlers!

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.                       ~ Pablo Picasso

Children can be very artistic and very messy at the same time. Creating art can enable them to explore various materials, colors etc. and think creatively at an early age. Toddler activities are slightly difficult to do because they are still learning and growing. In order to enhance their fine motor skills, you can introduce some simple art activities so that your little one is engrossed and entertained for at least a few hours!

As a parent, you must remember that your toddler has a short attention span and he might not even complete the art project. That is totally fine! Make it interesting for your child by avoiding repetition and by introducing new things every time.

To help you do that, we have 5 simple and easy art projects that any toddler can successfully do!

1. Painting over a stencil

  • First, spread a newspaper on the area which might get messy.
  • Find a large sheet of white paper and put it on the table or on the floor.
  • Place a stencil sheet which has simple cut-outs to paint over.
  • Give you toddler a big brush to dip in homemade edible paint just in case your toddler decides to eat it too. Here’s one way to make edible paint.
  • That’s it! Let your toddler paint to his heart’s content!

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2. Sponge painting

  • Sponge painting can be super exciting for little kids.
  • Cut out different colors of sponges in various shapes (such as a smiley face, heart, leaf, star etc.)
  • Let your toddler dip one side of these sponges in edible paint and stamp it on a fresh white sheet of paper or a plain cloth.

3. Fingerprint, Hand print & Footprint art

  • For this art project, you can draw a tree trunk with branches on a paper with a black marker.
  • Once that dries, ask your child to dip her fingertips in edible paint and stamp it on the branches to imitate leaves.
  • You can also get your toddler to make fingerprints, hand prints and footprints on the paper. After it dries, you can draw funny shapes and smileys on those prints together!
  • This makes for a beautiful piece of artwork worthy of being framed!

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4. Vegetable printing

  • Slice a few firm vegetables like carrots, potatoes, celery stalks, okra in different ways and allow your toddler to dip their ends in paint.
  • This will create beautiful prints which look like flowers!
  • Finish off the artwork by painting the stems of the flowers yourself.
  • Ta-da! Now you have a joint effort by you and your little one!

5. Spray bottle art

  • Spray bottles can be an object of intrigue for toddlers and they won’t stop playing with it!
  • To make spray bottle art, fill a spray bottle with edible or non-toxic colors mixed with a little water.
  • Keep a towel on the floor that can absorb the paint that will drip down.
  • Place a large paper on a stand.
  • That’s pretty much it. The next step is to let your child spray the watery paint on the paper and create his very own abstract art!

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12 Fun Fall Activities To Do With Your Child

12 Fun Fall Activities To Do With Your Child

Autumn, also known as fall, is one of the best seasons for family bonding time. Who doesn’t love the calming cool breeze, the shedded orange leaves adorning the streets and wearing cozy sweaters?

It’s an exciting time for children and adults alike, since it marks the end of summer and lets you know that winter is right on the horizon. Christmas isn’t too far either! So here are 12 things that you can do with your little child to enjoy the season of fall:

1. Carve pumpkins

Autumn is unanimously associated with Halloween, and no Halloween is complete without carved pumpkins. Help your child carve out the insides of a small pumpkin with a spoon and use a knife to carve out the details yourself.

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2. Bake pumpkin pie with your child

Add a sweet touch to your fall activities by baking pumpkin pie (or any other pumpkin dessert) together. Your child will definitely enjoy preparing it and eating it with you.

3. Make art & craft with autumn leaves

Trees shed leaves in various shades of red, orange, yellow and the best way to be creative with these leaves is to make art with them. You can decorate glass jars with leaves, or even make animals out of them. You can also decorate your wall with such vibrant leaves. The ideas are endless!

4. Paint the bedroom walls in fall colors

Your child will be ecstatic to join you to paint his/her bedroom walls in radiant colors. This is a fun way to incorporate bonding time with painting and will give your bedroom a nice makeover.

5. Take pictures in a pumpkin patch

A pumpkin patch is beautiful place for taking family pictures and for your child to play! If you wish, you can also hire a photographer so that you can have candid photos of your kid having a great time with family.

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6. Go for a hayride

Going on a hayride is very exciting for children as well as adults. Take a delightful ride in an open truck or a wagon decorated with hay but make sure your child is not allergic to hay beforehand.

7. Make a bonfire and roast marshmallows

As winter slowly approaches, you can revel in some much-needed warmth by sitting around a bonfire. Help your kids roast the marshmallows carefully and enjoy the delectable flavor together.

8. Dress up for Halloween

What is fall without Halloween? It is surely the best time to dress up in quirky outfits. You can also recreate your favorite Disney movie characters with your young one.

9. Create a fall-related scavenger hunt

Involve some kids from the neighborhood in a fall-specific scavenger hunt. Be creative with the list and watch as little kids run around searching for those items. This is a unique way to liven up your child’s outdoor play time.

10. Make candy apples

Candy apples (or toffee apples) are super popular during autumn. Making them is incredibly easy and you can even get crazy with sprinkles, chocolate chips and chocolate sauce.

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11. Make a scrapbook

Make a scrapbook with your child, filling it with pictures, drawings and other artworks. This will serve as a great way to save your memories in an artistic form. Give your children the freedom to decorate the scrapbook however they want!

12. Jump into a big pile of leaves

Finally, enjoy the fall season by jumping into a big pile of leaves with your little one, which is sure to make their giggles turn into outright laughter.
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