You know the saying every child is different? It's so true! By the time she was a year old, S was already quite interested in art. She'd fingerpaint and color with markers with the intent to produce a drawing. It was amazing and so much fun. X loves markers, too...but to dump not to draw! Nevertheless, I like to engage him in art activities from time to time, because one of these days I just know it will click for him!
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We often like to use contact paper in lieu of glue, and given X's natural desire to examine handfuls of sensory materials and drop them, I thought I would create an art invitation that allowed him to make art while getting to DUMP!
S and I colored rice according to our usual method with Colorations Liquid Watercolors (we chose just three colors this time) and we presented X with three containers - one for each color. I cut large squares of cardboard from our recycling and covered them with contact paper (sticky side out - I used tape along the edges to secure the contact paper to the cardboard). We then placed one sticky canvas on either side of our splat mat (one for X and one for S - though we knew X was liable to wander between the two).
X investigated the sticky canvas, and then set to work examining handfuls of rice and dropping them.
S was much more intentional - at times placing single grains of rice - while X was randomly dropping large handfuls. Love this shot of my two curly headed babies!
And I've always got to get a picture of those chubby baby feet and toes!!!
Towards the end, (with sister's assistance) a digger arrived to help scoop the loose rice. X thought this was a great turn of events!
Once they were completely done with their art pieces, I added one final layer of contact paper (this time sticky layer down) and taped around the edges. Even as finished/sealed pieces of artwork - they were still fun. You could touch and roll some of the grains of rice and the loose bits in between the two layers of contact paper made a quiet rattling noise.
My sweet baby with his (unintentional, but beautiful nonetheless) artwork.
The rattling noise inspired S to dance. And dance she did all around the living room with her piece of art! (S never can pass up a good opportunity for an interpretive dance.)
This was a fun way to involve little X in some art play and despite appearances, it was super easy to clean up! Most of the rice was on the splat mat, so I made a funnel and dumped it back into a container to save for another day. Any remaining stray grains of rice easily vacuumed up!
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.