Toddler Art is quickly becoming a program that I hate planning for, but love implementing. It draws such a huge crowd, and my coworker and I always have fun watching the parents and toddlers stamp, smear, and crinkle their artwork. I usually bring the iPod in and have music playing (softly) in the background, which really helps create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. By the time the program is over, I’m feeling pretty darn good about the whole thing. Until I realize that I have to start planning the next Toddler Art.
This month was a little tricky because I wanted to avoid any holiday crafts, but also wanted to have a festive atmosphere. I figured celebrating snow and winter would be a good way to go, so I had a snowman craft and a mitten craft.
- Blue construction paper with snowman drawing
- White (non-toxic) finger paint
- Cotton balls
- Paper plate (or something else to hold the paint)
- Clip the clothespin onto cotton balls
- Instruct children to dip cotton balls into white paint
- Sponge onto snowman drawing
*The cotton balls got weighted down with paint very easily, so I was changing cotton balls out after children had finished. It was a bit of a hassle, but not so much of one that I wouldn’t do it again.
- Mitten cut out
- Children stick stickers onto mitten cut out
*This was one of the easier crafts that I’ve done for this program. Prep time was quick since I had a mitten die cut. The craft was self explanatory, and we only needed to keep an eye on replenishing stickers.