Craft stick painting with toddlers

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on July 24, 2010

in Craft Sticks, Creative Art, Infant and Toddler, The Value of Play

Yesterday Wy and I tried a little kick box painting so while Wy was still in the mood, we tried a little craft stick painting too.

We gathered a handful of craft sticks, some paint, paper, and a box with a lid.

Wy dumped everything into the box and tapped on the paint cups to get the paint to drip down.

Wy, who is phobic about getting paint on his hands, actually even reached in to move the cups around. He forgot about the paint and just played.

Then Wy closed up the box. Since we had used this box before, Wy knew how to close it up all by himself.

Then Wy began to shake the box. Because the craft sticks made so much noise, Wy liked the sound and spent more time shaking the box (next time, I will use a smaller box so he can hold the box more easily).

When Wy was ready, we set the box down and opened it up.

And here is our masterpiece on the paper…

And check out our beautiful tye-dyed craft sticks.

I glued the craft sticks together so Wy could give them to his mommy for a gift:)

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1 Teacher Tom July 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm

What a fantastic toddler project, Deborah. I love when they set their phobias aside — that tells me they’re really engaged!

2 Deborah J. Stewart July 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I think we still have a ways to go but definitely the exposure is helping!

3 artsy_momma July 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm

What a fun project! My son would love shaking the box :)

4 Deborah J. Stewart July 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I left all the cups of paint and the craft sticks in the box on purpose so there would be noise for shaking:)

5 Jenny July 24, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I love how the box is central to his painting projects Deborah – and that you are thinking outside the box (sorry, couldn’t resist) to get this little guy interested in painting.

6 Deborah J. Stewart July 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Haha – love it:)

7 Mothers' Hideaway July 24, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I love these!!!! If you wouldn’t mind I’d love to put onto our forum about education! We have a ton of moms looking for resources and I’m setting up a post with a few links attached!

http://www.mothershideaway.com

8 Deborah J. Stewart July 24, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I don’t mind at all:)

9 Briana July 25, 2010 at 12:15 am

What a beautiful mess.I am so proud of him-wow! I can’t believe he touched the paint!

10 Deborah J. Stewart July 25, 2010 at 12:31 am

Ha ha, he totally didn’t notice until a bit later. Then we washed it off and it was all better:)

11 Nadia July 26, 2010 at 3:57 am

The painted sticks look pretty and this activity is different in a fun way… kids would love to shake the box! Your blog is such a great resource of information! (i’ve just subscribed through email!)

12 Deborah J. Stewart July 26, 2010 at 9:36 am

Thank you Nadia!

13 Scott July 26, 2010 at 9:25 am

This is terrific. I’ll bet my bigger kids would enjoy this, too. I love the colored craft sticks. Maybe we could paint them and then use them with our blocks to create buildings….

14 Deborah J. Stewart July 26, 2010 at 9:35 am

Oooh, good idea!

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