Emerson loves art projects! I can’t tell you how happy this makes me since I was very much into art projects growing up, and still am. I especially love the idea of art focusing on exploration, experimentation, and the unlimited possibilities. It’s important at a young age to be able to learn through doing, such as practicing how to hold a crayon or paintbrush and use it effectively all the way to figuring out how something works like sticking pasta shapes into glue. They may seem like small tasks but to your little one it’s these small tasks that help to shape so many important skills like…
- language development, cognitive growth, motor skills
- memory function
- use of senses (hot, cold, wet, sticky, etc)
There’s no right or wrong in sensory art play. The fun part is you, and your child, can decide what to use in creating their very own art box. It is key, however, to make sure you offer various options such as colors, textures, sizes, and shapes. This not only ensures it’s a never-ending box of fun but can also be effective in teaching colors, shapes, letters, numbers, etc. As a food blogger, and having made many pieces of pasta art in my day, I couldn’t resist including Banza’s new alphabet shapes. It’s not only the perfect size for use of fine motor skills but she loves learning her letters!
A few tips when making your art box…
- Use a container with dividers or sections to keep things semi-organized and easy to find.
- Stick to non-toxic and washable mediums for easy and safe clean-up.
- Use age appropriate sizes since much of what you give your little one may end up in his/her mouth. I also keep the finger paints separate and always help her when it comes to the glue.
- When it’s art time I lay an old sheet onto the floor so she can spread out her supplies, empty the box, and explore. This makes for an easy clean up in the end!
- Don’t forget to get some magnets! I made a few using some wooden clothespins and self-adhesive magnet strips (both purchased at a craft store). This way you can hang up their works of art on the fridge to display. She loves going over to the fridge and seeing her pictures hanging up so I hang them at her level which allows her to touch the textures and explore each one all over again.
Sensory Art Box
Author: The Happy Hungry Yogi
- 1 small box or storage container (I purchased this open basket at Target but couldn’t find the exact one to link)
- 1 pad of art or construction paper
- 1 box pasta
- felt scraps cut into various shapes
- 1 bag of pom poms
- popsicle sticks
- washable watercolor palette
- various sized paint brushes
- washable, non-toxic glue
- non-toxic crayons
- washable, non-toxic stamp pads
- washable, non-toxic finger paints