I feel like I am late getting to the painting game with my 19-month old. She is still enthralled by crayons, but it seems I have recently seen a slew of blog posts talking about painting with kids under two. Tomorrow I am determined to make it happen. For kicks, I may try a bit of resist painting. If you are not familiar with that term, don't worry, neither was I, but I must say the results are pretty impressive.
Blog Me Mom has a great explanation and tutorial on resist painting for toddlers. The basic concept is a simple one: use a shape that will somehow resist the paint being applied. Once the shape is removed, the image will be there on the page, surrounded by color. They started off with Play-Doh stencils but quickly moved to cut-out silhouettes, which worked much better.
This example used animals, but with the right cut-outs I can see an entire box full of holiday cards and decorations being created by my little budding Picasso. Let's face it, the cuteness of the finished product will be hard to resist (sorry, I couldn't...well, you know).
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