Do you have a toddler in your residence?

by Pauline

Only a year or months ago, they happily sat wherever you placed them. Now they roam your home freely.

E is my current toddler-in-residence. His little feet have been taking him to the art & craft table.

Set up the invitation to play with block printing:

Toddlers innately want to explore the world around them. They are figuring out cause and effect relationships. When doing arts and craft with them, focus on providing as many different materials and processes as possible.

Place a variety of small dishes with different coloured paints and blocks on the table.

Vary the paints each day. Use different colours. Use paints with or without glitter. Offer thick or thin paint.

Use different kinds of paper. You can use plain, coloured or textured paper. You can even use cardboard and boxes for a more interesting experience.


E enjoys block printing so much that his twin preschool brothers were lured to the table. To extend the activity for Big Brothers N and M, we explored the beginnings of patterns and algebra with block printing.

Block printing with paint looks like a great project for kids of all ages to enjoy. What other fun things can your child do with paint? Here are some creative painting projects from the Quirky Mommas:
Painting for Kids: Tree Branch Brushes – Branches have a long handle for children to hold onto and strong enough to survive the painting experience.
Keeping It Simple: Painting with Water – Painting with water alone is fun but here are some fun ideas to enhance your child’s water painting experience.
Finger Paint: Homemade Fun – This mixture of basic flour, salt and water makes for a non-toxic paint for even mouthy toddlers to safely enjoy.