Monday, March 16, 2015

Birthday and brave themed toddler art experiences

On March 7 I did a presentation at the Pierce County AEYC As a Teacher Grows Conference about creating art experiences for toddlers ages 1-3 years old.  (I mostly talked about what I wrote in my book, Artsy Toddler Storytimes.)  My presentation ended with an activity to get the educators thinking.

Here are their ideas on doing toddler art around a "birthday" theme:

  • Crowns
  • Puffy paint cupcakes
  • Markers on balloons
  • Cookie decorating
  • Shape stamps
  • Toilet roll candles
  • Tube party blowers
  • Hand held streamers
  • Face painting
  • Decorate a slice of cake
  • Calendar
  • Baking
  • Games (pin the tail on the donkey)
  • Play-dough with candles
  • Self portrait and create card with all of their favorite things/family/hobbies - storybook

Here are their ideas on doing toddler art around a "brave" theme:

  • Shield, knights - aluminum
  • Lion puppets - use yarn for mane
  • Sword
  • Super heroes - mask, capes (towels)
  • Firefighters - stickers on plastic fire hats
  • Police - badge
  • Siblings/family
  • Doctor kit
  • Army
  • Adventure bite
  • Food craft
  • Place your picture on a superhero. Draw or write why you would want to be that hero. Who is your hero?
  • Create cards that have the character traits of a hero (use shapes like hearts, etc.)

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