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For those of you with toddlers who like doing art activities, what do you think is the best way to encourage this? I have loads of books with specific project ideas, I guess what I'm looking for is more general advice as to how to encourage my daughter's interest in this area. My older son has not until recently (age 5.5) been very into drawing or other art, and I see my toddler heading the same direction, so I think there must be something about me or our environment that isn't helping them develop this interest. I go through periods where I make an extra effort to leave art supplies laying around, but she doesn't do much beyond a scribble now and again.
 

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At this age, scribbling is about all they're going to do! :LOL<br><br>
You might have better luck with painting. Get some fingerpaints and just let them have at it! I don't think it is something that needs specific encouragement, just equipment!<br><br><br>
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I think that with any age group that access to materials is a big part of it. Just having an "arts and crafts" basket or something would probably help. And doing things together will help a lot too. Making necklaces or painting or drawing or whatever- adult involvement always helps! I think that it's like any other kind of imaginative play where an adult could be involved- not taking over, but guiding and giving new ideas.<br><br>
My DS is 21 months, and he loves to sticker. He'll just peel (or I'll peel for him) and stick to paper, arms and legs, noses, the carpet, etc... He does scribble when I'm helping/encourageing him.
 

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here is a great article I found recently, it may give you some ideas!<br><a href="http://www.ecd.govt.nz/pdf_files/artexperiencesinf&todd.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.ecd.govt.nz/pdf_files/art...esinf&todd.pdf</a>
 

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She got an art easel for her 3rd birthday. Its always set up with paper, chalk (one side is a chalkboard), paints, markers etc and she just goes and does what she wants. She'll ask for a cup of water for her paints but other than that I try not to limit or interfere.<br><br>
Before the easel setting up a place and dragging the stuff out took a few minutes and I would sometimes tell her no because we would need the kitchen table for something else like eating on or it'd just have some of my junk on it that I didn't feel like cleaning up. :LOL<br><br>
She's just now really drawing circles and shapes. Before she would just scribble<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> She tries to draw things now too. I would say that just having the supplies available and easy to get to would probably help. It has for us anyhow.
 

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My kids like to use a glue stick and scissors and cut bits of construction paper and glue them to other pieces of construction paper.<br><br>
We also make play doh together and they love that.<br><br>
I also make cornstarch "paint" and they fingerpaint with it or use globs of it to stick buttons to construction paper.<br><br>
There also painting with a paint brush. I don't leave that out. That's a supervised project or they paint everything in sight.<br><br>
They eat/peel/break crayons, and color on the walls with pens so I highly supervise that activity too. But I find they are pretty responsible with buttons, paper, glue sticks and small scissors.<br><br>
Another project we do is to string buttons like a necklace. they are easier to hold and thread than most beads. I use fishing line so there is no needle involved.
 

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You know, it may seem like a silly thing, but my DD loves her magnadoodle - what's great about it is it isn't messy at all like other art mediums, so I can easily have it accessible to her at all times. - she will scribble on it for hours. DD loves to have us draw things for her on it and then she'll wipe them away - I think somehow the fact that it isn't permenant makes it easier for her too.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I'll try to (1) be more consistent about leaving art materials out, (2) do an art project with her at least one day a week, and (3) pull out the Magnadoodle and leave it on the coffee table.
 
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