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Toddler Art Projects: Ideas & Supplies

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Finding something that will keep your toddler occupied can seem like a full-time job. Check out these simple toddler art projects!

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Coloring

When you think of toddler art projects, one of the first things you likely think of is coloring! It’s an easy activity that doesn’t require a lot of supplies and doesn’t require you to consistently be assisting your toddler with their art project.

Plus, you can easily buy a coloring book at the store or purchase printable toddler coloring pages and activities off of sites like Etsy.

One of the biggest worries that I had about my toddler starting to color was that she’d color other places besides the paper.

Luckily, I’ve found some incredible supplies that help me not stress out so much if she goes rogue with the crayon or markers!

Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable line

One of my favorite mom finds was Crayola’s Ultra-Clean Washable line. I purchased the large size crayons for Graci and was SO happy to find that they were easy to wipe off the walls when she made an interesting art mosaic on the wall.

I have yet to try the Ultra-Clean Washable markers that are linked below, but I expect that they would perform just as well. (Let me know in the comments if you have used them in your house!)

Crayola Color Wonder

If you’d rather skip having to clean up stray marks on the couch, wall, window sill, etc. you may want to check out Crayola’s Color Wonder line.

The main draw of the Color Wonder line is that the markers ONLY work on the special Color Wonder paper. These supplies are a bit more expensive, but they save a LOT of headache.

Depending on where you buy your supplies, you will be able to find drawing paper, markers, coloring pages, coloring books and more.

I’ve absolutely loved the Color Wonder line and we just bought a bunch more of the line for Graci’s 2nd birthday. In fact, we love it so much that we purchased a set for in the car and one for at home.

Here are a few of the products in the Color Wonder line:

Painting

If you’re anything like me, the idea of giving paint to a toddler is incredibly scary.

However, it really doesn’t have to be.

Here’s how we do it our home:

  • Grab two pieces of heavy cardstock paper (it holds up to a ton of paint better than lighter paper)
  • Use washi tape or another tape that easily peels from a surface and tape the papers down to a table (if you are careful about placing the tape around the edges, you can even make a faux frame type of look since the paint won’t be where the tape is)
  • Place different colors of paint on a Tupperware lid, a paint pallet or a paper plate
  • Let my toddler go crazy!

I’ve been really happy with the Crayola Washable Kids Paint because it is super easy to wipe off our table and it comes off our toddler with minimal scrubbing. (One word of warning, in my experience, if you leave the pain to dry on a piece of clothing, it will likely stain. However, if you catch it quickly, water tends to wash it right out.)

Really, the key to finger-painting without losing your mind comes down to being prepared to wipe up the art area as soon as you’re done with the activity. If you do that, clean up will be easy.

Check out the supplies I’d choose from Amazon below!

It is also worth noting that while I was researching this post, I found out that Crayola has painting supplies in their Color Wonder line. While I haven’t used these yet, I’m going to be checking them out soon! (Let me know if you’ve checked these out already in the comments below!)

Stamping

My toddler has definitely fallen in love with stamping. For this toddler art project, I like to give my toddler the stamps and construction paper and let her stamp to her hearts desire.

We’ve always used stamps like the first ones linked below, but I was SUPER excited to find out that there were Crayola Ultra-Clean and Color Wonder options for stamping, too! While I haven’t used them yet, I’m definitely going to have to check them out. Have you checked them out already?

Stickers

As someone who thoroughly enjoys using stickers in my Erin Condren planners, it is only fitting that my toddler should be obsessed with stickers, too.

Often, we grab stickers from the Dollar Store, but lately, I’ve been looking into buying stickers in bulk on Amazon. To encourage my daughter not to stick stickers all around the house, I give her a designated notebook that is all hers for her stickers.

Really, you can use any stickers and any notebook for this toddler art project, but I find that stickers on a roll (without the excess sticker material surrounding the actual sticker) works best for my toddler because she can grab the stickers off the backing herself.

I’ve included some cute options from Amazon below. (The bulk sets of notebooks would be great for making a mini sticker and notebook pack for the car, your purse, at home, etc.)

Play-Doh

No toddler art project list would complete without mentioning Play-Doh!

Let me first say that we’ve experimented with different brands of “dough” and our favorite of the big time store-bought brands is definitely the classic Play-Doh brand.

For us, the essential supplies for Play-Doh would be the following:

  • Play-Doh in multiple colors (Tip: purchase the party favor size to score more colors for cheap!)
  • Rolling pin of some sort (to flatten the dough for use with cookie cutters)
  • Cookie cutters

There are definitely fun play sets that you can purchase for use with your Play-Doh, but the above are the essentials to start having fun without spending a fortune.

Here are some options from Amazon:

I hope that the above toddler art project ideas gave you a little inspiration for activities to do with your toddler. It can definitely be intimidating to try and do messy art projects with your toddler, but it can be a lot of fun, too!

What are your favorite toddler art projects or supplies? Let me know below!

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