Toddler Time: The Arts Made Easy
Late winter and early spring is the perfect time to get your little ones involved in the arts and busy with art projects. It’s still too cold and wet to send them out for the day, but their little minds and bodies get restless fast. From music to dance to painting and clay work, research shows that children who are involved in the arts show improvement in several different developemental areas including:
- Critical thinking skills
- Stress management
- Language and literacy skills
- Social development
The following are some useful tips that will help you get your young ones involved in the arts.
Making a space where your children can get in touch with their artistic side at home is a great way to keep them occupied and productive when it’s too wet to head outside. Some simple art supplies that are a must, are found in most households and include:
Crayons, colored pencils, and markers
Starting with these basic art supplies begin to add. You can often add without spending a dime by gathering useful recyclables from around the house. Example of simple items that your children can use for art projects include:
- Paper towels tubes
- Egg cartons
- Cloth from old clothes
- Cans, bottle, and jars
- Cardboard boxes
If you have cash available, head to your local art supply store and pick up supplies like paints, paint brushes, puffy balls, and glitter. You can find most of these items at discounted prices.
Now that you have enough supplies to keep your little one inspired and busy, make a special space for them in your pantry, cupboard, or anywhere your children have access too. Consider purchasing a roll away organizer with draws that they can easily open themselves. Designate a specific table or desk area for art. This can be the kitchen table (during non-eating hours), or you can purchase a special table just for art.
Other ways to integrate the arts into your children’s daily life include keeping instruments on hand for the to have fun with. Hand drums and maracas are fairly affordable or can be made from recyclables materials around the house. Make time for your kids to dance and play music to your favorite tunes each day. This will help get their wiggles out, rid their bodies of stress, and help them develop their large motor skills.
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