First of all let me apologize for no getting back to some of you who have commented on the FAQ page, I check it periodically but not as often as I thought! Here are my answers to some more recent questions! If you have a question feel free to email me
A: The basics to have on hand are
- Construction Paper
- Tissue Paper
- Pipe Cleaners
- Paper Plates
- Recycled things like cereal boxes, toilet paper rolls etc…
The extras you may also like to have are
- Googly Eyes
- Foam Sheets
- Contact Paper
- Paint Dobbers
- Sparkle Paint
- Ink Pads
- Rubber Stamps
Q: Is there a quick and easy way of finding the best activities for my 2 year old?
A: All of our activities with the exception of ” Naptime Creations” are appropriate to try with toddlers through school age children. You may have to adjust the supplies and your expectations of the final result but your child should be able to do some part of it and learn in the process. I always note when I think a craft is too hard and thus frustrating for toddlers, but you know your child best.
Capatilize on their interests. If they like bugs, check out the bug activities, into fish look for the under the sea ones. Toddlers are notoriously hard to please so by choosing an activity that includes a favorite subject the likely hood that you will have a happy , engaged 2 year old is good.
Remember it’s the process not the product- it’s more important that they love art, love letters and numbers etc.. because they like playing with them instead of being directed by us to do it “right”. Young children learn through play so keep it fun, and just try .
Q: What do you do with all the finished crafts and artwork?
A: I can’t lie. It gets recycled. Every time we make something it gets put on the kitchen cart until we can show it to Daddy when he comes home. When my husband comes home we go over our day , and show him our creation. Then if my son wants to play with it it may hang around for a while , if not I recycle what I can and toss the rest out. I have saved a few special pieces as mementos too.
Letter of the week letters always get put on the side of the fridge until the next one is made.
However as my son gets older and more attached to his masterpieces we will hang them up on a cork board ,in his room, with the rule of one in , one out. That’s the plan anyway.
Q : Is your son always in sleepers?
A: You’d think that if all you ever saw were the pictures on my site, no I swear he does have real clothes, and I do dress him in them. We normally do art right after coming down stairs in the morning, I find for him the best time to learn is after nursing before breakfast. We do art then have breakfast- makes it so he is all ready in his booster and I don’t have to wrangle him twice. Also if he gets paint on PJs I don’t mind.