For toddlers, the ability to create and imagine comes naturally and they learn by using all of their senses. As toddlers explore with paint and dough, it opens up their minds and enables them to fine tune motor skills and enhances their creativity and imagination. Remember that even though they are young, toddlers are very much capable of using a variety of materials to create art.
You can encourage creativity in your child by providing time and space for making art, along with the right materials. Here are 5 tips for crafting with toddlers:
Create an art corner. Having a space for children to craft is essential and enhances their interest and creativity. It also encourages children to craft as and when they want; reinforcing self-direction and independence.
Fuss-free storage containers. Simple storage options encourage children to clean up their own work area. Toddlers will develop independence over time, and most importantly learn to be responsible and sets the stage for how they will complete tasks given to them as they get older.
Invest in appropriate training tools. Age-appropriate training tools help children build their skills slowly. Toddlers respond better to thick crayons and big pieces of paper that are taped to the table or floor to keep them in place. When children are provided with tools that they can use at ease and with confidence, their level of interest increases as well!
Labels, Labels, Everywhere! Besides having simple storage, using picture labels on plastic containers helps children to develop a sense of independence while cleaning up. For toddlers, substitute word labels for pictorial labels because the more sense their world makes, the more in control they can be!
Different colours, different texture. Have a stash of colourful and tactile materials made available at the craft corner. This will definitely further engage your child and enhance their crafting ability in greater measures.
I hope you’ll find this helpful! And don’t forget that chaos is part of creativity! ;)