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Kid Art: Materials & Supplies

February 10, 2011

Almost everyday, as soon as breakfast is finished, my toddler looks at me and asks “color?”  In his terms, “color” means one of three activities:  crayons, play dough, or painting.  Typically, he colors with crayons while I do some morning chores (laundry), play dough is interspersed throughout the day, and painting is something we save for after lunch.  Most* of O’s art supplies are kept on a shelf within his reach.  This way, he can access them (with a little help) and then help put them away as well.

Before creating an art space for O, one thing I felt very important to consider was quality of materials.  Instead of purchasing cheap plastic brushes and petroleum-based crayons, we chose quality materials that would last and need to be replaced less often.  His brushes are the same ones I used to paint in college, he has acid-free paper, and his crayons are beeswax block crayons. When we give children quality tools we send them the message that their work is something to be valued.

Watching O work with his materials is among my greatest joys in motherhood.  The focus he gives these activities is unmatched.  It truly is a pleasure to behold.

What have you learned through art exploration with your little one?

*Before you think I’m totally out of my mind giving a toddler free access to art supplies, let me clarify.  All of his materials are non-toxic and safe for him.  I’m also sure to keep the messiest ones in another room.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2011 1:08 pm

    Messy FUN!

  2. nancy permalink
    February 10, 2011 3:33 pm

    There is nothing like seeing your work of art displayed on the wall! My 4 year old loves to change his framed work quite often!

  3. February 10, 2011 6:35 pm

    I love that second photo. Such sweet focus. :-)

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