Monday, February 7, 2011

paints, crayons, pens, stickers and oats!

a couple months before suki's first birthday she tried finger paints for the first time.
 it was a blast! 
we used her prints as party invitations.  we have not worked with finger paints since then because it has been too cold in my studio and it's a messy project for the house.

she has been coloring with crayons and pens and using stickers. her drawing technique is the same as her father's. she draws a little bit on a lot of pages then goes back to those pages one by one and adds more layer by layer.

she favors the orange and purple crayons but the others do make an occasional appearance.

another fun cold day activity has been playing with oats and containers.
i got this idea from our friend kathy, she teaches preschool and does something similar.
this activity will keep suki busy long enough for me to make lunch or dinner. she loves filling small jars with the oats and then pretend feeding them to her doll with a fork or spoon. i hide little toys in the oats so there are a lot of fun discoveries for her.  

if you have any ideas for projects for children under the age of two please share them as a comment to this post.  if you know any blogs or websites with ideas that would be great too.  


  1. Suki looks so happy creating art!
    Salt dough is always fun to sculpt with. You can dye it any color. Also you can create diaramas in cardboard boxes, and it will air dry!

    1 c. flour
    2 tsp. cream of tartar
    1 Tbs. oil
    1 C. water
    1/2 c. salt

    Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Knead on a floured surface.

    Although some of the art projects are for older children, you can check out my blog at


  2. kate, your blog is just what i was looking for. i am going to mix up some of that salt dough this week. i think the watercolor crayon project might be next. thank you!!!!!

  3. follow the baby leader; it's fun to tell when what you're doing "clicks" in their minds.

    also, check out spirit ship and get inspired to record her more!

  4. have you checked out mini-eco? there are some great ideas to tweak kate's recipe into scented play dough ( or to colour it with natural dyes, some producing the most brilliant purples. i want to make some for myself! also check out her idea for summertime ice cube watercolouring.

  5. brooke, what is "follow the baby leader"? i love the video project. we have been making sound recordings of suki talking to herself when she wakes up from naps. we are doing it for one minute a month for a year. when it's finished i will put it up for you to hear.

    tracy, thank you for the link, it looks like endless fun.