• 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Food colouring

Make sure you have your LITTLE bare henni Wipeable Waterproof & Strain-resistant Bib ready, Shop Bibs

Mix the two together (the water and corn flour) and stir until the corn flour dissolves. You can do a 1:1 ratio of corn flour and water, for thicker goopier paint. But since we were painting on the sidewalk instead of paper, I incorporated just a bit more water and found that we liked it even better. Take note that the colours will dry much lighter on the sidewalk than they appear in the container!

You can use a range of tools but we used a paintbrush and a spoon for a drip effect.

Simple Art activities for young children have a range of benefits such as developing their:

  • Fine motor skills. Gripping crayons, chalk and paintbrushes helps children develop their fine motor muscles. This developmental skill will help your child with early writing, doing up a coat and other tasks that require controlled movements.
  • Cognitive development. Art can help children learn and practice skills like cause and effect (i.e., “If I push very hard with a crayon the colour is darker.” Or in this case, if I drop the paint on the tray vs the sidewalk, what happens?).
  • Math skills. Children can learn, make and begin to understand concepts like size and shape.
  • Language skills. As children explain and share their artwork, as well as their process, they develop language skills. You can encourage this development by actively listening and asking open-ended questions in return. It is also a great opportunity to learn new vocabulary words regarding their project (for this one – drip, stroke, brush, blue, etc.).

Keep in mind that toddlers’ art activities are about self-expression, movement and experiencing different materials.

Tips and Tricks:

Make sure your child is well fed and rested before beginning sensory play or messy art activities. Have all the things you need ready to go for easy clean up such as a rag, sponge and an art smock or LITTLE bare henni.  

 Find more fun and messy activities for the kids at @lilzoeplays

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