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Month 22

month_22While outings with baby and the family can be fun, you can spend quality time at home and in the backyard to bond with your toddler through creative crafting.

While outings with baby and the family can be fun, you can spend quality time at home and in the backyard to bond with your toddler through creative crafting.

Painting, sculpting and gluing can be great outlets for play and creativity for your child. Crafts as simple as drawing with crayons and paper stimulate your child to make figures, scenes and pictures of him or herself and others. Play through creating is a valuable tool for your child to explore his or her surroundings.

Face Time

Cut out different shapes and colors for your child to create a self-portrait, landscape or mosaic—or just to let him or her paste. Use non-toxic glue that’s safe for little fingers and is easy to use. Let your child decorate with cotton balls or pom-pom balls and colorful pipe cleaners.

Simple glue and paper lets your child express him or herself and explore new objects and images and can fuel curiosity to explore new things. Craft time offers opportunities to reinforce important lessons about safety and introduce your child to new things.

Gift Ideas

You and your child can make gift-worthy keepsake picture frames. Using glue and tongue compressors or Popsicle sticks, create multi-layered squares or rectangles that fit a photo. Add a piece of ribbon to turn them into ornaments.

Cut bookmark-sized pieces of cardstock and let your child decorate. Punch a hole and use a piece of ribbon or string to use as a bookmark. Keep all craft time fun, and let your child’s creativity do the work.

TIPS

  • Getting material to build clay sculptures doesn’t mean a trip to the store. Create child-safe clay for hours of play with a few basic pantry items, such as flour, salt and water, or look for edible clay recipes so your child can eat his or her creation after completion. Certain homemade clays can be baked, painted and turned into more permanent sculptures or ornaments for gifts.
  • Prepare a space for your child to create and stock it with child-safe tools and supplies including:
    • Cookie cutters for clay
    • Cotton balls or pom-poms
    • Child-safe scissors
    • Dried noodles
    • Finger paint
    • Glue sticks
    • Old shirt or smock for painting