How to make your own wrapping paper
Creating beautiful gift wrapping paper with your toddler is as easy for you as it is for your toddler who loves counting to three. Cue clapping whilst excitedly saying Yaaay! Your toddler is a little learning person who loves the doing and doesn’t focus on the product or the actual thing that they have created. This is the bonus – your toddler’s paintings can actually become the most individual one-of-a-kind types of gift wrapping paper.
Painting with Toddlers
The technique of painting is one of the easiest and simplest art activities for toddlers, as they love to get messy and try out a range of basic painting techniques. Think finger painting and painting with brushes.
What you Need
Fancy supplies are not needed for toddler art as your toddler is still learning the ins and outs of how to paint. The best art supplies for toddlers are the most simple:
- Paint with bold colour pigmentation
- Large sheets of white paper – For all kids painting and drawing, the Reflex brand of paper is the most durable and resistant to paint – Check out this handy ream of A3 paper.
- Chubby paint brushes
In addition to the all-important art supplies, you will also need:
- Enough space
- Plenty of time
- An enthusiastic toddler
- An understanding that your toddler will make a mess.
Toddlers Need Space
To make the painting experience easier for your toddler, set the art paper up on a easy-to-store table top easel or a horizontal surface, such as this very kid-friendly, solid wooden table and chair set. It’s really important to remember that for your toddler to get the most from the experience, always set up to your toddlers height. Horizontal surfaces such as floors or low tables are best as it gives your toddler a chance to squat or sit down.
This is all about your toddler being an artist and creating their own art work with no pre-conceived or pre-imagined adult ideals. Toddler art is all about giving them the time, space and supplies to create their art. When it looks like your toddler has finished, don’t pack away just yet. Leave it there, giving your toddler the chance to revisit soon after. If you’re not quite keen on that idea, just remove the paints from the painting area until it looks like your toddler wants to have another go at painting.
Be prepared with all of the art supplies. Have them at the ready, as your toddler will use lots and lots of paint and paper and will inevitably need cleaning up at various times during the experience.
Be prepared in your mind to allow for messy painting. If you’re concerned about paint getting everywhere, paint outside or have a protective drop cloth under the defined painting area. Your toddler’s messy space is their creative learning space.
Go with the Flow
Be prepared to go with the flow and enjoy your toddler’s artistic spontaneity. Let them hold the paintbrush however they can, let them splash paint wherever they can on the paper and let them mix all the colours to make one big amazing colour. Let go of the colour theme ideal! If your toddler really loves painting, they will be entertained and happy for a long time in being-a-toddler land.
What can you do with all of your toddler’s fabulous paintings? Turn them into memorable, one-of-a kind gift wrapping paper for your family and friends – happy creativity!
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