These art activities for 1 year olds are safe for toddlers, and encourage them to engage with materials around them to practice so many wonderful skills.
Engaging in art activities for 1 year olds is great for a number of reasons. It is an easy way to introduce colors, shapes, color mixing, cause and effect, scissor skills, fine motor practice and more.
While very distinct, instruction-led craft projects can be somewhat inhibiting for imagination and creativity, they still provide opportunity for fine motor practice and other knowledge. Process art activities are ideal for kids, particularly for 1 year olds and toddlers, as they practice and engage a number of different skills, all while using creativity and imagination.
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Indoor and Outdoor Process Art Activities for 1 Year Olds
Art for 1 Year Olds has many benefits:
- helps fine motor development
- encourages critical thinking and problem solving
- promotes creativity
- helps create neural connections
Art for 1 Year Olds
Art for 1 year olds including process art and crafts that are safe for one year olds to do.
Sensory Stomp Painting with Bubble Wrap
This stomp painting on bubble wrap combines almost all of the senses and creates some beautiful works of art in the process!
Soap Foam Sidewalk Paint
This soap foam sidewalk paint puts a spin on soap foam sensory play. Check out how we used it on the sidewalk for some fun games and outdoor art.
Process Art Painting for Kids with Homemade Paintbrushes
The kids went on a scavenger hunt to find some different supplies that we could glue to the end of craft sticks to make our own homemade paintbrushes!
Learning Colors by Painting with Trains
Run trains through paint and then drive them on paper. Kids will love to observe the tracks in the paint!
Homemade Window Paint: Kids Art Outdoors
Make your own homemade window paint and take it outside! This is a simple recipe that kids will love to make and make again. Paint and wash, paint and wash.
Homemade Puff Paint from Pantry Items
Homemade puff paint combines art with science; by combining just a few pantry items, creating artwork, and then popping it in the microwave, your kids will be beyond mesmerized.
Sensory Process Art with Recycled Materials and Weight
From the science of weight to using the sight, touch and hearing senses, my kids couldn’t get enough of this process art activity!
Helpful Toddler Art Supplies
There are some art supplies that can certainly be helpful when creating art for 1 year olds. Messy play is important to toddler development, but keeping a mom’s or teacher’s sanity certainly is too – so a smock is a worthwhile investment!
More Art Activities for 1 Year Olds
Sticky Art // Childhood 101
Homemade Toddler Finger Paint // Extreme Couponing Mom
Pumpkin Stamping // Parenting From the Heart
Mess-Free Painting for Babies and Toddlers // The Best Ideas for Kids
Edible Glitter Finger Paint // Childhood 101
There are so many fun ways to create art with your little learners and explorers. Making it a safe, yet often, a total sensory experience, is really a really wonderful way for them to engage the world around them, and create mini masterpieces! Enjoy these art activities for 1 year olds!
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Aimee Geroux says
Thank you for including my homemade toddler finger paint. So many fun crafts we will have to try some out!