3 fun, easy ways to make art at home with your toddler | The A List
If you are staying home this weekend with young children and looking for activities to do together, try art-making. No, we are not talking about routine doodling or filling up a colouring book, which can get boring, both for the child and yourself.
We asked the Singapore Art Museum’s senior manager of education and programmes Wang Ting Ting, for ideas on how to keep art-making sessions fun and fresh for tiny tots and adults alike.
Here are three easy, hassle-free ways to enjoy art-making with your little ones:
Draw inspiration from everyday life
Running out of new ideas for art-making sessions? Look to everyday activities and topics for inspiration. For example, take a stroll at a nearby park and observe art in nature – the colours of plants and the shapes of buildings. Or, pick up freshly fallen leaves and flowers and bring them home to press or use as craft materials.
Parents, join in the fun
Don’t just supervise from the side; make the artwork together. The intimate experience of collaborating on an art piece helps build parent-child bonds. It also allows you to nurture creativity in your child. An easy activity to try is fruit and vegetable stamping, using the discarded ends of the produce.
Don’t be afraid of a little untidiness
Art-making with high-energy toddlers can get untidy, but that is not necessarily a bad thing; the key is to keep things under control. One way to do this is to mark out a corner in the house for art-making, with art materials within easy reach for the child to experiment and get inspired. The dedicated space also makes it easy for you to clean up the area and get your child to help as well.
An earlier version of this article ran on 4 June last year.