Fun Projects for Your Active Toddler

Do you have a toddler who is active and likes hands-on fun? We have the perfect art activity for you that we like to call container art. :)

Here is what you need:
• Empty container with a secure lid. We suggest an oatmeal or grits container.
• Piece of white paper
• Broken crayons
• Non-toxic paint

What to do:
1. Put the piece of paper inside the container.
2. Take the broken crayons and dip them in paint. (They don’t need to be dripping in paint. A little will do.)
3. Put the crayons with paint in the container and put the lid securely on the container.
4. Let your toddler take the container and shake it up and down, roll it or even kick it to make the crayons move around inside.
5. After a few minutes take off the lid and see your toddler’s masterpiece of modern paint splats

If you try this activity with your toddler, feel free to post pictures of it in our Magical Moments so everyone can see your child’s masterpiece!

Posted April 16, 2010

by MichelleH


14 Responses

  1. what a cute idea – will share this with my son’s preschool teacher!

  2. admin says:

    That is so great! I hope she can use it with her class. Michell e

  3. Visiting from Calgary Daddy. Thanks for the art project!

  4. Michelle says:

    Welcome Virginia!
    Thanks for visiting our blog form one of our fav neighbors just north of us in Canada :)

  5. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the great idea. It’s always fun to get new craft ideas!

  6. admin says:

    You are very welcome Lisa!
    Thanks for being a Kolcraft fan.

  7. Poppy says:

    Did that picture come from doing this activity? It’s awesome – and actually a whole lot less messy than other ways to play with paint.

  8. MichelleH says:

    It was actually a stock photo but we did do this with our toddlers & their work looked similar!

  9. Steven says:

    Looks like I haven’t thought of this one. It is really a great art project for children like me who’s not really good at drawing or paintings. Thank you Michelle!

  10. ColleenF says:

    Thank you Steven! Michelle is out of the office but I am in the same boat as you!

  11. Silvia S. says:

    What a nice idea! My doughter loves doing this type of art project.


  12. Joseph says:

    That is a pretty good art project idea. I wish I had come up with it. We had a project that involved taking small broken crayon pieces and sprinkling them on a piece of paper. You then place a piece of wax paper over it and iron the crayon pieces into the underlying paper. The heat from the iron melts the crayons onto the paper. The resulting art work is similar to the image above. I think this idea is better though since it does not involve dangerous appliances. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Ethan says:

    Seems legit. Preschool teachers might be drained mentally on how to please their kids just as I am. Thanks for sharing such a very useful info and creative as well.

  14. Michael says:

    My sister asked me to browse for a certain activity for her preschool students. Glad I stumbled at this post. I tried it with my nephew and he liked it.

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