I get many questions about how we introduce art to our 2 year olds, and what activities they enjoy.
We invite the 2's to the art table by removing all the chairs. This way they can just walk up and start working. We don't require they wear smocks, as often this will stop them from wanting to paint or glue. (Unless it's a special project that does not include washable materials.) We discuss this with the parents at the start of the year and encourage them to send their children in washable play clothes.
Once they feel comfortable, they will walk right up and explore!
Here are some art activities we do with the 2's:
Painting in, on, and around boxes.
Stamping paint on large pieces of paper.
(These are home-made stamps we made by screwing blocks on top of various lids.)
Group painting. This is especially nice at the beginning of the year!
Painting with utensils. This is helpful for those who are still timid to get their hands in paint, due to the long handles.
One of our very favorites: rolling paint with brayers! We do this on a flat surface as well as at the easel.
You can use many different objects to dip into paint.
We experiment with various sized brushes and various thicknesses of paint.
Some love to get their hands in it!
While others prefer to keep their hands clean. Putting objects and paint in a Zip Lock bag is still a sensory experience, but the paint doesn't touch the hands.
Or squirting paint on wax paper and then placing another piece of wax paper on top. Again, no touching the paint!
I enjoy varying what we paint on. In this case, it was tin foil.
Eventually we add some glue to our projects.
And add some objects to our glue!
And driving cars and trucks through paint - one of our VERY favorites!
Eventually most of the 2's feel comfortable to get their hands in there and have fun! And for those that still are sensitive to the feeling of paint, they know they can wash their hands ... often!
Let them have fun with whatever you choose. Give them time to explore. Sometimes they want to leave and do something else and then return for some more. A true learning experience!