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Toddler Art Experiences - Paint, Clay, Pastels

Otto toddler art at How we Montessori   acrylic sheet painting

Today I thought it would be fun to share some of Otto's art experiences. We started the morning with painting outside. I put the cover on our water table and it's perfect for Otto to paint on. We have some acrylic A3 sheets, paint, toddler paint brushes, pinecones, wool, paint pots and spoons (for spooning out the paint).

Otto toddler art at How we Montessori   acrylic sheet painting

Otto also picked up and used some sticks and feathers. Spooning out the paint was his favourite part, perhaps this is the transporting schema.

Otto toddler art at How we Montessori   acrylic sheet painting

The acrylic sheets are fantastic for finger painting.

Otto toddler art at How we Montessori   acrylic sheet painting

We usually have playdough on our art shelves but I've recently swapped it for clay. At Forest School, they encourage the toddlers to use clay so I've given it a try at home. We've started with some small pieces that are easy for the toddler to hold and manipulate. Otto loves to tear it into really small pieces and to squish it. Clay is all about texture and I'm sure this is a wonderful and worthwhile experience. Clay also gives more feedback to the toddler, it is initially cool to touch but warms in the child's hands. 

Otto toddler art at How we Montessori   acrylic sheet painting

Coloured shaving cream on an acrylic mirror. Perhaps I wouldn't call this art but Otto always enjoys it. I often set up a type of provocation at the kitchen table so if Otto doesn't want to help with food prep he might work at the table while I cook/bake/clean

Oil pastels for toddlers at How we Montessori Otto at 20 months

We've also swapped our crayons for oil pastels. These go on that paper more smoothly and feel completely different to crayons. It smudges easily so it's different for the child to use. It's also more responsive than crayons, press hard and there will be a lot more pastel on the paper, press lightly and you can barely see it. Otto doesn't do a lot of drawing but I will continue to offer pastels and other drawing materials. We also use thick watercolour paper for drawing on.

Oil pastels for toddlers at How we Montessori Otto at 20 months

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