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11 Art Activities to Try with Your Toddler

By Jean Van't Hul |

I’m a big fan of process-oriented art for toddlers. This kind of open-ended art really helps young children to develop confidence, creativity, and fine motor skills. As they explore the art materials and what they can do with them, they learn about the world around them as well as their own capabilities. And have fun, too, of course! Because above all else, art is fun.

Here are 11 art activities that  are perfect for toddlers (after the jump):

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11 Art Activities to Try with Your Toddler

Shaving cream drawing on the window

If you follow the links below, they will take you to the corresponding posts on my blog, The Artful Parent, where I’ve written about the art activities shown in the photos.

1. Shaving cream drawing on the window

2. Painting with water on the chalkboard

3. Sticker art

4. Painting with wheels

5. Playdough play

6. Contact paper suncatchers

7. Fingerpainting (and printing) on bubble wrap

8. The body as canvas

9. Playing with puffy paint

10. Marker holder love

11. Exploring different art surfaces

What are your toddler’s favorite art activities?

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And did you know? Sensory art helps toddlers learn!

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About Jean Van't Hul


Jean Van't Hul

Jean Van't Hul is a writer at Artful Parent, and author of The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art & Creativity. She has contributed DIY and children's arts crafts ideas for Babble, and continues to do so on her website. She resides in North Carolina with her husband and two children.

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0 thoughts on “11 Art Activities to Try with Your Toddler

  1. Tia says:

    We’ve done painting with water outside on rocks (and even the car). My little girl loves doing sticker art! She enjoys peeling and putting stickers on paper. All of these sound like great ideas and I hope to try more of them out!

  2. Becky says:

    Fabulous list! Thanks :) Body painting and tummy prints on paper are a favorite in our house.

  3. Carrie says:

    Oh, I’m so glad you came to Babble so that I could find you! These ideas are so simple and manageable, I could totally picture myself trying them with my 19 month old. In a few weeks I will become a SAHM and I’ve been really nervous about finding ways to fill our time that is as engaging and enriching as daycare has been. Art is something I think we would love to do together eventhough I’ve left that up to the daycare to this point (she comes home with hoards of “projects” daily). Something about wrangling my active toddler with gloppy fingerpaints all over her hands and going in her mouth just seemed too daunting, but shaving cream on the window – totally doable!

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