I think it's common for parents of young kids to shy away from letting their kids have open exploration of art materials. It's messy, potentially very messy, and potentially covering your walls messy if you really let it go (as seen to the left). But the joy of watching a young child freely explore and a little prep before hand makes everything worth it.
My amazing friend Heather Chelmecki smartly set up an art play date over the winter break. We had kids between the ages of 1-4 collaborating together, creating expressive artworks. Heather set up a tarp on the floor, tipped a folded table on its end with taped blank paper, and supplied non-toxic, washable paint, and followed all that fun up with complementary tub time. Everyone had a blast creating as seen below!
My 3.5 year old daughter and I spent this snowy weekend making gifts for friends and family. I had seen a few tutorials online about dyeing play-silks with kool-aid and wanted to check it out.
It worked like a charm and was a great project to get my toddler involved. To take advantage of the newly fallen snow, add some fun, and save my sink from any suspected staining we did our rinse cycle in the snow together. It was a blast and they came out great!
I got to thinking that this would be a fun activity for a special needs class or after school group. You could really get up close and personal with color mixing! Silk is a fairly expensive material so in most instances, small groups would work best.
Look below for the tutorial.
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