For toddlers, one of the joys of life is creating something with their hands. Painting is always popular, and stencil painting is a wonderful option for little fingers that aren’t yet nimble.
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Cut potatoes in half, and using a sharp knife, carefully cut a shape on the flat half. It might be a circle, diamond, or a crescent moon (whatever looks good graphically). Once you have the outline, push the knife about 5mm deep into the potato, then gently slice the potato from the outside to the picture’s edge. Lay out any other objects you are using. Pour a couple of different coloured paints onto paper plates. Arrange paper, paints and stencils.
To begin, simply help your child dip one of the objects into the paint and press it onto the paper. They’ll soon get the hang of it. They can create random patterns, or some other ideas include:
Creating a gallery
Once you have several artworks, it’s time to display them. Tie string between two hooks on the wall and use wooden pegs to hold the paintings in position. This is both the best way to dry paintings where little fingers can’t touch them, and it’s a great, inexpensive way to decorate children’s bedrooms as well.
For centuries, wooden doll houses have delighted children of all ages through imaginary play. Much to their parents’ delight, boys and girls have found themselves lost for hours on end creating characters, setting up homes, and developing storylines.