With young toddlers they need crafts and activities that they can freely explore, but as a parent we are geared towards wanting things to display a free painting canvas fun is a great way to meet both the toddlers free exploration of paint and your want to create something.

What you need to create a free painting canvas

Artist canvas (any size)
Different coloured paint
Plastic/paper plate
Apron
Brushes (optional)

How you go about creating a free painting canvas

canvas painting with toddlers

I poured different coloured paint onto a plastic picnic plate for Emily, covered the floor and her clothes the best I could, then gave her the canvas and the plate and let her do her own thing!

If you are a little fussy about colours then provide your toddler with colours which when mixed make other great colours, why not a mix of red’s, whites and yellow, or yellow, blue and white.

If you have toddlers that put everything in their mouths why not try using our taste safe paint recipe and make this less about the end product and more about sensory exploration of art.

I love our new art work and its hanging on our wall, and another is wrapped up for Nannies birthday tomorrow.

Simple canvas painting for toddlers

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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