hands on : as we grow http://handsonaswegrow.com Hands on kids activities for hands on moms. Focusing on kids activities perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:25:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 What Toddler Crafts & Art Projects Can We Do? 30 Ideas http://handsonaswegrow.com/30-creative-toddler-craft-art-projects/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/30-creative-toddler-craft-art-projects/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 01:26:00 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=8214 Toddler crafts and art ideas can be fun to do when you have the right expectations. Try these 30 ideas for lots of toddler fun and craftiness!

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Toddler crafts and art ideas can be fun to do when you have the right expectations. Try these 30 ideas for lots of toddler fun and craftiness!

But its hard for this age to get crafty.

I mentioned a while back that toddler activities are the hardest for me to come up with.

To make it even more specific, toddler crafts and art projects, activities that are creative activities, like art or crafts for toddlers, are that much harder!

Why is it so hard at this toddler age? They generally like everything right?

But toddlers do tend to not have full control of their body movements, nor do they understand how to be creative (in the way that you expect them to be).

And let’s not count that they’re completely messy with everything that they do, and this tends to make us shy away from toddler art projects in general.

With that said, I’m going to repeat (because I think it applies here as well) what I said in the 50 Activities Just for Your Toddler about what I consider a toddler, as well as how I have the best luck with my own toddler:

I consider a toddler to be roughly of the age of 1 to 3. When they start moving [walking] until they’re able to learn and apply what they’ve learned to other situations.Tips I have for doing activities with toddlers are just a few:

  • Allow your toddler to explore whatever it is that you give them.
  • Don’t do an activity with an intentional plan, it never works out with this age range.
  • Expect a toddler to be interested, leave it out for them to come back to later, or even the next day.
  • Plan for them to put it in their mouth if you have a mouther.

I also highly recommend the The Toddler’s Busy Book (affiliate link), by Trish Kuffner. It always has something in there that sparks an activity for us.

30 toddler crafts and art projects to do

Three quick tips for the more artsy, crafty types of activities that I’ve found to work well with toddlers:

  • In general, I’ve found that making art bigger usually works better with toddlers. They’re going to get messy either way. This gives them the creative control.
  • Use unconventional materials to make art or do crafty things with. The exploration of the new material makes it exciting for them!
  • Try doing whatever you’re doing with movement, instead of sitting in a constrained chair.
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30 creative toddler crafts and art projects to try!

Creative toddler art projects, plus lots of toddler crafts too

Toddler Art Projects

Activities for toddlers that focus on the process of creating the art, rather than the outcome. Try new materials and treat it as an exploration, or even a sensory activity.

  1. Paint in a baggy with an object. 
  2. Make very simple edible paint with yogurt.
  3. Trace your toddler and have them draw themselves a self-portrait! 
  4. Paint with a box, some objects and shake it up.
  5. Use a material they love. Sand. Doodle with some glue and play!
  6. Make prints! A toilet tube makes and awesome stamped heart.
  7. Mix up colors (with no mess!) with this simple setup from Mama Smiles.
  8. Paint with trucks and other vehicles.
  9. Use stickers for art. Simple yet easily forgotten about! (from Rainy Day Mum)
  10. Set up an entire table for scribbles! (from Creative Playhouse)
  11. Colored rice art. (from Let Kids Create)
  12. Put paint in a squeeze bottle! It makes it so much fun. And anyone can do it! (from My Buddies and I)
  13. Just get dirty and have a blast with it. Make some mud and paint away! (from The Chocolate Muffin Tree)
  14. Make art in the bathtub! Create an entire art station in the tub from Growing a Jeweled Rose
  15. Make a mixed media collage. Using anything you have in the cupboards! Hand some glue over to your toddler and let them go nuts! (from Let the Children Play)
  16. Or do the above mentioned mixed media collage with the previously mentioned contact paper on the window! Lovely recycled art idea from The Imagination Tree.

More art projects for kids: 10 art projects for preschoolers and 21 spring art projects for kids.

Creative Toddler Crafts

Crafts for Toddlers

Activities for toddlers that are geared more toward the craft than the process, although the process is still important, there is usually some outcome of the product.

  1. Make collages on contact paper (with anything really)!
  2. A great exercise for fine motor skills, make a shoestring necklace with cut up straws.
  3. Simply decorate bowls (or other porcelain dishes) with sharpie markers. Just protect other surfaces from the markers!
  4. Use markers (I highly recommend Crayola’s Washable Markers (affiliate link), they come off everything) for a coffee filter garland.
  5. Make a holiday tree. Just paint some branches and decorate!
  6. You know those yarn balloons? Well, they’re too hard for a toddler. Just glue some yarn randomly. Make yarn circles!
  7. Dip coffee filters in colored water to decorate for flowers!
  8. Make bird feeders with Cheerios! (from East Coast Mommy)

More crafts for kids: 36 simple spring crafts for kids and 28+ winter crafts for kids.

30 toddler crafts and art projects to do

Other Toddler Creative Projects

Creativity can happen in all sorts of places, not necessarily as an art or craft project. A toddler’s mind is creative without trying, so let them explore and see what they come up with!

  1. Water is my go to with the boys. And painting with water has been a huge hit for my toddler.
  2. Using some cookie cutters and other gadgets, see what marks they make in your carpet!
  3. Display a rainbow under salt in a tray for some pre-writing sensory play! (from Learning 4 Kids)
  4. Similar to the contact paper art, only make it larger with no end purpose. An entire sticky table for creative play from Share and Remember.
  5. Take time to explore different art materials just as they are, such as having some glue play from World Play House.
  6. And what better way to entertain a toddler than to give them a completely piece of art and let them destroy it. Creative with Kids has wonderful ideas for creative destruction just for toddlers.

Since I have such a hard time coming up with ideas for toddler crafts and art ideas, I’d like you to add to this list.

More crafts by the season:

How have you gotten creative with your toddler?

5 weekly plans of activities for each one year olds, two year olds, and preschoolers (plus a learning one too!)

discover+play-bundle2The DISCOVER + PLAY eBooks have a combined 10 weekly plans of activities that are perfect for the toddler age. Fun ways to get one and two year olds moving, work on fine motor, do arts and craft projects and have fun as a family! Each weekly plan includes a handy supply list and activities broken down to know exactly what to do in a simple sentence or two.

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Colored Water Transfer Play for Toddlers http://handsonaswegrow.com/colored-water-transfer/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/colored-water-transfer/#respond Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:02:04 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=54767 Transferring colored water back and forth is so fun for toddlers to do, they don't even know they're learning about mixing colors! Let them play and enjoy.

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I’ve been revisiting old activities again, doing them with Louis this time. George and Henry have both enjoyed transferring colored water.

This water activity is a no-brainer, no fail, and lots of fun!

This time, we took the water outside because it was a crazy nice day for April! You could set this up inside though, in the sink or bathtub, or on the floor with a shower curtain or towels laid out.

See 10 tips to keep messy play clean

I filled two tubs with water and added food coloring to each. One with blue and one with yellow.

Primary color water transfer

You could add the third primary color (red) if you’d like to practice mixing all the primary colors. I chose not to because I really wanted this to just be open-ended play and not about the color mixing. That was just a secondary surprise for Louis.

Also, if I had included red as well, all three mixed together would end up with brown water and that’s just no fun at all!

Mixing yellow and blue water together to see what it makes

I made sure to set out a third, empty tub for Louis to scoop and pour the colored water into.

I set out scoops to transfer the water, including an ice cream scoop (which ended up being his favorite), measuring spoons, a can strainer and a larger mug.

Transferring colored water activity - great for toddlers!

Louis immediately saw the color change!

He’s just excited to name colors at this stage so it was really fun when he screamed GREEEEN!!!!

I had thought that he would end up just dumping the tubs into the big one, but he didn’t! I was surprised! (The other kids did that immediately!)

Louis patiently scooped one at a time.

Scooping colored water to transfer them and mix them together

I also thought he would use the big mug as a big scoop.

Instead, he decided he needed to put the water in that too and he made green with that too!

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It was a wonderful activity for a wonderfully nice day. It sat out for most of the afternoon.

Louis played with it for quite awhile, took a break and rode his big wheels around and came back and scooped and poured more water. Back and forth.

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Junk Art Robot From the Making Box http://handsonaswegrow.com/junk-art-robot-from-the-making-box/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/junk-art-robot-from-the-making-box/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:00:52 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=54435  Save your recycling for this one! Nicola from Multi Crafting Mummy is sharing a super cool Junk Art Robot that’ll have you keeping it all! Thank you to Jamie for having us over to share our Junk Art Robot with you all. My name is Nicola and I’m mummy to Liam aged 7, Freddie aged 5 […]

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 Save your recycling for this one! Nicola from Multi Crafting Mummy is sharing a super cool Junk Art Robot that’ll have you keeping it all!

Thank you to Jamie for having us over to share our Junk Art Robot with you all. My name is Nicola and I’m mummy to Liam aged 7, Freddie aged 5 and Bella aged 2.

We love tackling arts and crafts projects together, which can be challenging, but it is (almost!) always fun.

Good preparation is key to a successful arts and crafts session involving multiple children. I always try to prepare as much of the activity ahead of time as I can and if the activity is going to get messy, I will have wipes, towels and a bowl of water all within easy reach.

The most important section of our craft supplies at home is our “Making Box.” This is literally a big cardboard box, which I keep filled with cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes, tp roll tubes, bottle tips, tin foil, bubble wrap, newspaper etc.

This comes in handy for lots of our activities. We use it a lot for “Junk Modelling.” This could be done to a set theme or I’ll just leave the kids to decide what they want to create.

Its great fun watching their little imaginations come to life, as they invent and story tell throughout the session.

The activity we are sharing with you today is a “Junk Art” exercise using supplies from our “Making Box”. “Junk Art” is similar to “Junk  Modelling,” but instead of creating a 3-D figure; you stick your recyclable materials to a sheet of paper to create a 3-D collage.

How to make a Junk Art Robot

Our first job was to select which materials we wanted to use to build our robot picture. The kids messed around with different combinations of tubes, boxes and bottle tops, until they settled on what they wanted.

Materials in our Making Box

We used the following to make our Junk Art Robot:

  • 1 paper plate
  • 3 popsicle sticks
  • 4 TP roll tubes
  • 2 Lolly Boxes
  • 1 egg carton
  • 9 plastic bottle tops
  • 1 sheet of tin foil
  • 1 sheet of bubble wrap

We then all painted the chosen supplies with a thick coat of silver paint. Once dried, we set on assembling our robot on a long roll of easel paper, which I had laid out over the table. This meant we could all spread out around the picture and have plenty of room to work in.

Painting materials for junk art robot

First job was to glue down the large sheet of tinfoil in the center of the paper for the robot’s body and then glued on a small sheet of bubble wrap towards the top of the tin foil.

We used double sided sticky tape to attach the egg box and bottle tops onto the robot’s body.

Making a junk art robot out of junk!

Then glued on the tp roll arms, attaching some mini springs from a broken pen for the robot’s fingers.

Next up was the lolly box legs and tp roll feet.

Making a junk art robot out of junk!

Finishing up with the head, we used tape to secure 3 popsicle sticks to the back of the paper plate, before gluing this to the paper.

Junk art robot made out of recycled junk!

More bottle tops were then used for the eyes and nose, along with two googly eyes and then we used a black marker to add the mouth.

Finished Junk Art Robot

Junk art robot made out of recycled junk!

If you have enjoyed reading about this activity and you are looking for more ideas of projects to do at home together with your children, then please pop over to my blog, Multi Crafting Mummy and have a look around. Follow Nicola on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

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30 Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers! Pinch! Thread! Trace! http://handsonaswegrow.com/30-fine-motor-activities-toddlers/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/30-fine-motor-activities-toddlers/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:00:30 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=54701 Fine motor activities for toddlers that are simple enough for 1-3 year olds, include threading, poking, pinching, tracing and hand-eye coordination!

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These fine motor activities for toddlers to do are simple and fun!

As I’ve been working on the new eBooks (they’re coming out April 19, 2015), I’ve included a section of printables that showcase a slew of simple activities that cover the different types of activities we do (fine motor, gross motor, etc).

The fine motor Go-To List is jam packed with ideas and I realized that so many of them can done with toddlers! They are perfect! They’re simple, easy to set up and can keep a toddler occupied for more than 10 minutes (maybe! ha ha!).

Get the Fine Motor Go-To List printable here.

Remember my tips for doing activities with toddlers? Here they are again:

  • Allow your toddler to explore whatever it is that you give them.
  • Don’t do an activity with an intentional plan, it never works out with this age range.
  • Expect a toddler to be interested, leave it out for them to come back to later, or even the next day.
  • Plan for them to put it in their mouth if you have a mouther.

When it comes to fine motor activities for toddlers in particular, don’t think these should just be easy for toddlers to do right away. These really take quite a bit of concentration and coordination to do. Toddlers will pick it up eventually, just don’t force it. And they need to really work on their big muscles first with gross motor activities before they start work on the little muscles.

Simple fine motor activities for toddlers

30 fantastic and fun fine motor activities for toddlers:

These fine motor activities for toddlers include threading, poking, pinching, tracing and focusing on hand and eye coordination! And they’re all easy enough for toddlers in the 1-3 year old range to do! Have fun!

  1. Pom Pom Drop
  2. Pipe Cleaners and a Colander
  3. Beginner Tracing with Objects
  4. Thread a Fruit Loop Necklace
  5. Peel Tape
  6. BIG Beginner Weaving
  7. Hammering Tees
  8. Ribbons and a Bottle
  9. Crafts Sticks and a Bottle
  10. Painting With Water
  11. Make a Rattle
  12. Thread a Bird Feeder
  13. Squirt and Fizz with Colored Vinegar
  14. Trace Lines of Chalk
  15. Pick up Blocks with Tongs
  16. Nuts & Bolts
  17. Clothespins on a Bucket
  18. Pouring Water
  19. Play Dough and Tees
  20. Thread a Straw Necklace
  21. Pipe Cleaner Sprinkles
  22. Egg Carton Train
  23. Sort Pom Poms
  24. Stack Canned Foods as Blocks
  25. Bucket and a Clothesline
  26. Snip Straws
  27. Thread Dry Spaghetti
  28. Thread Dandelions in a Basket
  29. Make a Spring Tree Craft (or an Apple Tree for Fall)
  30. Write ‘Letters’ and Mail Them

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Pipe Cleaner Activity to Keep Kids Busy http://handsonaswegrow.com/fine-motor-activity-pipe-cleaners/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/fine-motor-activity-pipe-cleaners/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:16:00 +0000 http://66.147.244.106/~handsoo6/2011/09/14/fine-motor-activity-pipe-cleaners/ Just pipe cleaners and a colander - such a simple fine motor activity to keep toddlers busy for a bit!

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I was so excited to do this fine motor activity again with Louis! See down below when Henry did this activity back when he was just barely three.

Which brings up a point that I often forget myself. There is so much opportunity in going back and doing activities you already have tried. Whether its with the same kid (different age, different circumstances, it’ll end up different!) or with a younger sibling. I often forget to do this (I think its a blogger problem really since I try to come up with new ideas to try. A reason why I’m not the Oprah of Motherhood.)

This is a very simple activity. One of the most basic fine motor activities actually. All you need is pipe cleaners and a colander!

Is it one of our Simplest Activities Yet? Find out!

Set the two supplies out to explore, and you’re all set up! Nothing to do otherwise.

pipe cleaners and a colander!!

Louis poked the pipe cleaners through the holes. Instead of threading from the outside in and then through the other side of the colander and out again, he threaded the pipe cleaners from the inside.

From the inside of the colander, Louis stuck a pipe cleaner through a hole and then poked the other side of the pipe cleaner through another hole in the colander (not really threading).

Just pipe cleaners and a colander - such a simple fine motor activity for toddlers to try.

Louis is big into recognizing colors right now. We talked about the colors of the pipe cleaners as he chose one to poke in.

Just pipe cleaners and a colander - such a simple fine motor activity for toddlers to try.

He’d tell me the color he was looking for and grab it, or I’d suggest a color for him to find.

Just pipe cleaners and a colander - such a simple fine motor activity for toddlers to try.

He didn’t poke nearly as many pipe cleaners in as Henry had (see below), but he pulled them all out and started again instead.

Just pipe cleaners and a colander - such a simple fine motor activity to keep toddlers busy for a bit

Here’s Henry version from a few years ago.

I know Henry’s fine motor skills have never been his strongest trait. So, I do sneak in some fun here and there that works his fingers, such as the Dandelion Hat and Colored Vinegar and Baking Soda Experiment.

But this activity was not intended for Henry at all.

I set out this colander and some pipe cleaners for George to explore.

I did have Tinkerlab’s Colander Sculpture and The Imagination Tree’s Pipe Cleaner Discovery Box in the back of my mind. But I completely intended for this activity to be about George exploring the pipe cleaners. Thinking that a pipe cleaner sculpture could be for another day.

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I received a free box of craft goodies from Craftprojectideas.com the other day and this Ultimate Fuzzy Kit was part of it. Basically a lot of pipe cleaners in various forms (regular ones, glittery shiny ones, and super fuzzy tiger-like ones) as well as pom poms and even some googly eyes.

George explored them a little bit at first. Mainly just feeling them out and swinging them around. A few went in his mouth here and there to check them out completely.

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But that was the extent of it that morning.

Later at night, Henry found the stash of pipe cleaners! He thought it was cool that he could bend them into happy and sad faces. (Acting out each one as he made them.)

fine motor pipe cleaner activity

He struggled with making an angry face, he said he couldn’t. (Not sure what his intention was.)

Henry soon saw that he could stick the pipe cleaners into the colander and they’d stay put.

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George did pop by to check out what big brother was up to.

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George continued his exploration when he got a hold of one of the fuzzy pipe cleaners.

fine motor pipe cleaner activity

He liked how it felt on his neck. He kept wrapping it around and around.

Henry kept at his pipe cleaners. I was amazed at his concentration to stick those pipe cleaners in the holes.

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I had only set a few pipe cleaners out for George. Henry quickly used all of them up and asked for more. By the time he was done, he had used the entire bag of pipe cleaners!

He told me he was making a ‘decoration’. Later he told me it was for Grandpa, too.

pipe-cleaner-activity-decoration

Some accidental fine motor practice happened without me even trying. Shows how play should be the center of a child’s life and learning just happens around it.

Henry really wanted to fill every single hole of the colander. (I didn’t have enough pipe cleaners for that though.)

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The next day, Grandpa stopped by and Henry presented him with his ‘decoration’.

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Grandpa was thrilled. Henry really wanted him to take it home with him.

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How To Cook Dinner Without Your Kids Driving You Crazy http://handsonaswegrow.com/cook-dinner-without-kids-crazy/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/cook-dinner-without-kids-crazy/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 01:00:48 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=52977 Four tips to get dinner on the table, without the craziness and no fights! Michelle, of Moms are Frugal, has four kids and manages it! Here’s her tips. Making dinner can be a challenge for any mom, and for me it doesn’t matter if I have four children or one. They all seem to demand my […]

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Four tips to get dinner on the table, without the craziness and no fights! Michelle, of Moms are Frugal, has four kids and manages it! Here’s her tips.

Making dinner can be a challenge for any mom, and for me it doesn’t matter if I have four children or one. They all seem to demand my attention when I get dinner started. The other time is when I am on the phone, but that is a whole different subject.

This hour of the day brings together a tired mom, tired children, daddy coming home from work and all are hungry.

As a mom I have to have a plan. Nothing in a mom’s world exists without a plan. If I have to do Sunday School for both of our church services the night before I put together a plan.

After many frustrated days, and a husband that recommended we eat in more than we eat out, I researched what other moms were doing and came up with a plan.

A plan that suits our family.

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Start dinner at the same time everyday.

Consistency helps to calm kids and lets them know what is going to happen at the same time each day. Everyday my kids know at 5:00 pm I will start my dinner routine. A copy of my schedule is on my fridge for everyone to see, and the kids all know what to do when I say it is time to start dinner.

If we have a night where dinner is later than usual it is a lot more scattered and less likely to be a meal well put together.

See why routines are so important for kids here.

Give Each Child Something To Do

The age of the child does not matter. Find something for them to do at the same time each day in the same place. Do not change it until you see they age out of it.

On my schedule each child has a “place” to be with a “job” to be done. *wink* Even my one year old. His job is to sit in his table chair and either eat puffs or read his books.

My six year old is allowed 30-45 minutes of tech time. The four year old is my kitchen helper so he helps me with dinner and setting the table, yes he even cooks with me. It does take a little longer but it is worth it to see him enjoying himself. Of course I do the hot jobs.

See our busy play activities that are so simple to keep kids busy with.

Utilize Only Favorite Toys

This one is super important. This toy CANNOT be used at any other time no matter what the case. If you need 30-45 minutes of uninterrupted time then you can only use the toy that will hold their attention until you are done.

For each child his favorite activity is held until this time of day, and when boredom strikes I insert another activity into this time slot that they love. Such as, if I see the three year old needs to be switched with the six year old on kitchen duty then I will let the three year old have tech time (see our best learning apps for preschoolers). At that time he will watch one of his favorite shows that he loves.

Divide And Conquer

My children play great together at times, but then at other times if they are in the same room together nothing but disagreements break out. It all depends on the day. I do have a lot of training ahead of me in this area. *smirk*

Each child stays on his task, but they are all in the same room with me. This helps me to know that they are safe and not secluded. I want the dinner hour to be fun and cozy, not chaotic and stressful.

Also see how to keep the baby busy while you make dinner!

Maybe some of these tips will help the dinner hour at your home to be a little less crazy!

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Now the challenge is to get them to eat healthy! Use these secrets!

My name is Michelle Knight and I am a home schooling mom to four very busy boys, ages 16 to 1. Wife to a wonderful husband who owns his own construction business. When I am not helping kids with school or playing with the baby I blog at www.momsarefrugal.com and work as a representative for my Avon business.

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Beginner Object Line Tracing for Toddlers http://handsonaswegrow.com/beginner-object-line-tracing-for-toddlers/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/beginner-object-line-tracing-for-toddlers/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 01:00:10 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=54577 To me, tracing for toddlers shouldn't be on worksheets. They should be interacting! Tracing lines with objects. Toddler style.

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To me, tracing for toddlers shouldn’t be on worksheets.

I understand the reasoning for it, and applaud those of you that attempt it. As for my kids, they’re not going to sit and do a worksheet. Its just not gonna happen. Henry’s excited to do them now (he actually asks for worksheets at bedtime to practice spelling words) at age 6. But, as a toddler, there’s no reason for it.

My kids love to move, and I believe they should be! They should also be involved in what they’re doing, their whole body!

That’s what kind of tracing this is. Tracing lines with objects. Toddler style.

Tracing lines with objects. Toddler style.

I taped lines on the floor using painter’s tape.

Like I mentioned in yesterday’s article, if you don’t have painter’s tape (shame on you, its the best!) you can take this outside and use sidewalk chalk instead. Simple and easy solution.

I actually taped out Louis’ name. But this activity has nothing to do with his name. He’s too young to learn the letters of his name, but its never too early to work on letters and name recognition. I just used it as a starting point for that, but never made this tracing activity about the letters or his name. They were just lines.

Beginner tracing for toddlers -- with objects

The boys had blocks out, so that was my first suggestion to use to trace the lines of his name.

Louis lined the blocks up, one by one, side by side to cover the letter L.

Beginner tracing for toddlers -- with objects

The L used up all the blocks we had out! Uh oh!

What other objects could we trace lines with?

George joined us then and found pieces of our Build It Bits & Bobs Set (affiliate link) to trace the letter O with.

Lining objects along the line to trace

The boys then grabbed the train engines and cars that we had to trace the letter U.

I love how they worked together!

Lining objects along the line to trace

And by that time, they were starting to lose interest. Maybe because the trains distracted them and they started playing with them instead. George went on to trace the I with the Build It Set again, but that was it and they were done.

More Activities with Tracing for Toddlers:

Beginner Object Line Tracing for Toddlers on handsonaswegrow.com

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