Kid Art: Materials & Supplies
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.