Painting Outdoors

18-24 Months

FromInfant-Toddler Social Studies,  Carla Goble

What to have Large pieces of paper Non-toxic finger paints

What to do After the toddlers have had some experience finger painting with shaving cream, set up an outdoor painting area. On a warm day, when the toddlers are playing outside, tape very large pieces of finger painting paper, butcher’s paper, or waxed paper to a low table. Use finger paints that are safe for toddlers. Use old adult shirts as painting smocks. Before starting this activity, have all materials ready, including a plan for how the toddlers will wash their hands when they finish painting. Encourage two toddlers at a time to move the paint around on the paper with their fingers and hands. Encourage each toddler in the group to paint on the paper. Hang the finger paintings to dry. When they’re dry, hang the class finger paintings in the room where the toddlers can see them. Talk with the children about what they did and how they all worked on it, along with the colors, shapes, and textures of the paintings.

Why - to promote the ability to play near others - to promote feelings of connectedness through common play

For more activities check out
Infant-Toddler Social Studies: Activities to Develop a Sense of Self

By Carla Goble Copyright 2018 18-24 Months

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