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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!
Please always supervise your infant/child at play. Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.