One way I get my creative fix is to do art with C. At only 26 months, I find many art projects I do with him are actually joint ventures. C is especially keen on painting with a paint brush right now and it’s great for his fine motor development so win-win. Here’s one activity that incorporates painting and his love of vehicles (though you could do it with any image).
Supplies: -Paint (I have Crayola finger paint. It’s non-toxic and wipes up easily but any paint would do) -Brushes (I have thick handled ones from Melissa and Doug that are easy for C to hold though again you could use any you have.) -Paper
1) Make colour pages. I give C paint of one colour and let him cover a whole page in that colour. C is really interested in colours right now so while painting the red pages, for example, we talk about what is red (i.e. firetrucks, strawberries) and I help him notice red around the room.
2) Pick images. I google images I know my child likes as clip art (i.e. “clip art firetrucks”) and then pick a simple one so it’ll be easy to draw. I’ll put up a window for several different images of things he likes and then get C to choose which one he wants to make today.
3) Cut shapes. Once the colour pages are dry I cut out the shapes we need to make the image (then we can also talk about shapes and group shapes) or I just draw the image on a painted page and then cut it out. If the image is made of shapes, I have C help me glue them together hand over hand.
5) Add stickers. On most of our art work we add dollar store stickers to decorate (see train below).