Drawing, Painting & Collage | Baby & Toddler Art

In one of my previous posts back in April I gave examples of some lovely art activities you can do with your baby's footprint. Today I want to expand on this and share some ideas for babies who have graduated to toddler hood and are beginning to be able to hold pencils, crayons, paint brushes and chalk.

So to kick things off - I let Miss One go crazy scribbling on some white paper with some pencils - and surprisingly she did quite well. It was a great opportunity to teach and talk about the colours. I then traced some love hearts using a cookie cutter and cut them out. These were perfect additions for relatives birthday cards! I've also put a couple in her baby book. Such a simple idea that turns scribbles into something more special.

I LOVE these egg chalks that were given as a gift for my little one's first birthday. They are easy to hold and lots of fun! Blackboards are making a comeback these days - and there are many things you can cover with blackboard paint. We are planning to mount one on our back fence for fun outside drawing when the weather improves.

Did you collect these Jamie Oliver stickers from Woolies over the past few months? I've been amazed at how my little one was kept occupied for ages (with my assistance) to stick them all over a numerous pieces of paper. Our next step will be to try sticker books.
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A final little idea - are you a sentimental keeper of things like me? I kept all of the baby shower cards, arrival cards and first birthday cards we've been given by family and friends. It's lovely to treasure some special ones with thoughtful messages inside, but if you'd like to use them for an art project...try this! I simply traced and cut some circles and glued them onto a canvas. I'm still deciding if we'll display it or not. We don't have that many free walls in the nursery :)

You could get your older toddler involved in this activity as well. Ask them to select the pictures they want from their (and your) past birthday cards, let them tell you the shapes to trace and cut. Then depending on how fussy you are with the finished product - let them do the gluing or give them a little more guidance if needed.


My friend Sarah over at Sarah Tamblyn Designs is always posting lovely art and craft ideas on her blog. Her original and unique designs are inspired by the painted collage method. Pop in and have a look. Her latest was written by a guest blogger all about Art Therapy. A really interesting read.

When your children are a bit older and bring painting after painting home from kindy, I've found these two cute ideas of how to put those paintings to good use and make something new!

I really do love teaching Art at school. Last term the children and I enjoyed crayon resist water colour paintings, colour mixing and paper plate fish with button scales. It's great now to be able to do a few little art projects with Miss One. Here's a simple yet timeless quote to finish today's post...

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Sooooo....teacher types has been getting a few more page views lately thanks to my birth club group on FB and the articles I've been writing for AMM have directed a bit more traffic my way. So to my regular readers - just a quick thank you! Please leave a comment if you have an idea to share or you've read something you liked - I'd love to hear from you.

- the teacher who types


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