When dealing with toddlers we need to be flexible, change with their interests, explore with them, help them practice new skills, and promote autonomy. Our toddlers have been evolving daily. These little people have been directing their activities with loose parts, paint, playdough, scissors, and other manipulatives. Toddlers really don’t need a lot of toys to be engaged. I often find the made up activities are the ones they repeatedly ask for.
This activity used do a dot colors that matched the brown, pink, yellow and green feathers. The brown feather looks more black but it’s a very dark brown feather that one of the toddlers collected on our community walks..maybe from a goose.
The children were invited to paint the construction paper using the colors that matched the feathers. Each toddler got a paint the color that matched a feather. I asked them if they could paint under their color feather. The feathers were secured with painters tape.
They loved pounding the paint on the construction paper. They painted with precision and kept the color in line with the feather color (toddlers love painting all over even on desks and chairs…did I mention walls). After they were finished with this piece, they went on to paint on smaller paper using many different colors, that piece was sent home.
Toddlers are very energetic, carefree and impulsive. We change our activities to meet their needs while giving them the opportunity to learn and grow. Miss Sue
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