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Fwd: Art for Toddlers, compiled list

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MaryAnn Kohl (maryann)
Tue, 13 Apr 99 10:16:29 -0700

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Here is the complied list of toddler art ideas people sent in to me. They
are grouped by type of art, for example: collage, paint, print, and so on.
I didn't get all that many, but here they are, and they are great! Thanks
to everyone who sent them in....there are some really fun ideas in here.
MaryAnn Kohl

dot stickers all different colors. put them on fish shapes and tree
shapes. My two year old loves sticking them on and off!
Michelle Koch kmkoch COLLAGE

Make texture collages with an assortment of fabrics and scraps. Ask
parents to donate these ahead of time so that you can 'build' on a
Prekshare Laurie COLLAGE

For collage materials, items such as different color tissue paper,
different types of fabric pieces, cotton, sand paper, leaves, grass, and
Beverly Corbin, spirecor1 COLLAGE

Wheelbarrow Craft: Use the scoop that comes in Tide. Choose two wheels
from a variety of lids. Hot glue them on the scoop. With permanent
markers, draw flowers on the scoop. Add Easter grass and some jelly
beans. For variation put in potting soil and a flower. Tie a bow around
the handle
Michelle Koch kmkoch CRAFT

They are free to scribble with crayon on a large piece of paper.
Beverly Corbin, spirecor1 CRAYON

All kinds of play-doh activities Michelle Kock kmkoch DOUGH
-color with markers onto coffee filters or white paper towels, spray the
design with water and watch the colors bleed together. (The child could
glue it to a piece of paper when he/she is done).
Tracey Trey, trey ECENET. DRAW

Drawing with sidewalk chalk outside
Michelle Koch kmkoch DRAW

Get out the old record player (yep...still use it, too!) Poke a hole in
the center of a paper plate and set it where the record should be. (I
usually add a piece of rolled up masking tape under the paper plate.
Turn it on, give 'em markers, and let 'er spin! Try different speeds.
33speeds? record players have speeds? My cd player doesn't??)
Ardis, kosfam DRAW

Get out that old electric warming tray. (one might want to have
supervision for this activity) Plug it in, warm it up, place a piece of
copy paper on it, put an oven mitt on the hand that holds the paper still
- and draw s-l-o-w-l-y with crayons (the really CHEAP kind work best.
Shall I mention any brands? --- For this activity, Crayolas aren't my
first choice. They're too good! They don't melt as quickly as the cheap
ones do!!!
Ardis, kosfam DRAW

Give children an assortment of shapes and scraps to glue around the
border of Construction paper/ once finished have them dip their hand in
paint for a Framed handprint for parents to save: be sure to date this.
Make lots of stencils from oaktag and use old, peeled crayons for crayon
rubbings to build on f. m. strength.
Prekshare Laurie GLUE

He loves glue! So I let him put glue all over on a piece of black
construction paper and let it dry. Then he scribbled (colored) on the
top with chalk. It was very pretty! Michelle Koch kmkoch GLUE

I cut a bunch of styrofoam egg cartons apart and he glued them onto
construction paper they looked like flowers..sorta!
Michelle Koch kmkoch GLUE

Nature collections I guess you would call it! We go on nature hikes and
find "treasures" to glue onto paper or keep inside a shoe box.
Michelle Koch kmkoch GLUE

When I taught toddlers one activity that my children enjoyed was using
glue. We would glue different things to cardboard. Some of the things we
glued were:
packing peanuts
pieces of wood
fabric cut into shapes
cut or torn pieces of paper
popcorn, popped
If you wanted the activity to reflect a theme then the cardboard could be
a shape: like eggs, or hearts, or animals.
Anna Schriever, GLUE

-add a little food coloring to white glue and let children make colored
glue pictures (Q-tips work well for getting colored glue to the paper).
Add a little salt to it for an interesting texture.

Have the children paint with: sponges , thread spools, sponge brushes,
curlers, feathers and a variety of other things
Prekshare Laurie PAINT

Use bingo dabbers on any shapes.
Prekshare Laurie PAINT

Use paints or stamp pads and allow children to dip their fingers in and
then 'stamp' out "whatever". Later ask them to 'tell you about their
pictures' and print the dictation below.
Laurie Prekshare PAINT PRINT

Color and paint rocks.
Michelle Koch kmkoch PAINT

sponge painting
Michelle Koch kmkoch PAINT

painting with q-tips
Michelle Koch kmkoch PAINT

bingo marker dot painting
Michelle Koch kmkoch PAINT

Fingerpainting with jello, pudding, regular fingerpainting
Michelle Koch kmkoch PAINT

On plain paper (or for a cute look do this on precut balloons or
kites...) have children blow paint through a straw using primary colors.
Do this with marbles and mini toy cars as well. The marble painting looks
very nice on precut leaves.
Laurie Prekshare PAINT

Last month my kids had a wonderful time painting with a "dish wand" (what
do you call it??) - that has 4" rectangle pieces of sponge coming out of
it. (looks kinda like Medusa with a haircut) They're about $1.50 ea -
probably less at the dollar store. Anyhow, they experimented with it and
found some marvelous designs hidden within!
Ardis, kosfam PAINT

The children get to apply paint in a variety of applications, such as,
brushes, fingers, string, sponges, and Q-tips.
Beverly Corbin, spirecor1 PAINT

Such substances as flour or sand is added to the paint to give it a
different consistency. Bev Corbin spirecor1 PAINT

'group' toddler art activity .
Gather several different balls with interesting textures -- check
Discount School Supply catalog and pet stores - purchase large balls.
Place large butcher paper in the bottom of the water table (no water!)
The children stand at the side and one end of the table. The teacher is
at the other end. The teacher dips the balls in a pan of paint and rolls
them to a child. The children then roll the balls around to each other
-- it doesn't seem to matter to whom they go. The teacher continues
dipping the balls in paint as needed. A great, active, group painting
experience for the toddlers! Yes, the hands do get a a bit of paint on
them -- but it washes off. The resulting product is interesting, too.
Diane Lynn Stojanovich, PAINT/GROUP

I recently posted about marble painting in coffee cans. I told a friend
who teaches hearing impaired toddlers about the idea and she did it with
her little ones. She said that those with some hearing got a real kick
out of the noise. Those who had total hearing loss enjoyed rolling the
cans back and forth to each other. I did this activity with my kinders
today and it was gloriously noisy. You should have seen them all gather
around as I opened each can and removed their masterpieces.
Elaine Magud magud PAINT

-paint with tempera paint using cotton balls (hold and dip or attach a
clothespin), Q-tips, or cut up sponges.
Tracey Trey, trey PAINT

-paint with food coloring colored ice cubes with popsicle stick handles
on white paper. Tracey Trey, trey PAINT

Right now my toddlers get a lot of experiences with play dough and clay.

Beverly Corbin, spirecor1 PLAYDOH/CLAY

This may sound strange, but when we had a classroom frog, we got a large
plastic container, not very deep, and put white paper in the bottom.
Then we added the frog and a puddle of paint. We had cute little froggy
footprints when we were finished. Of course, we let the frog wash his
feet and he was fine.
Bobbi bobbijw PRINT

Potato prints
Michelle Koch, kmkoch PRINTS

In my school the two year olds do only open ended art, as well as the 3,
4, and 5 year olds. A couple of years ago all ages did art "projects,"
but then we decided to bag all of them and fill our art centers with all
kinds of writing instruments, various paper, glue, paints, collage
materials, recycled items (toilet paper rolls, plastic milk jugs, old
envelopes, etc.), chalk, fabric, yarn, scissors, and natural materials
(coconut fiber, coconuts, leaves, dried flowers) and let the children go
for it. Wow! You should see all of the creativity that comes out of
doing this. Art is so much more exciting than what it used to be! Once
in a while we will have the children "make" something for Mother's Day,
or Father's Day, but still, they make it as they choose. Much more DAP
than any art project could ever be.
Cynthia Willmarth ECEatSSML

MaryAnn F. Kohl

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MaryAnn F. Kohl