Craft stick painting with toddlers

Yesterday Wy and I tried a little kick box painting so while Wy was still in the mood, we tried a little craft stick painting too.

We gathered a handful of craft sticks, some paint, paper, and a box with a lid.

Wy dumped everything into the box and tapped on the paint cups to get the paint to drip down.

Wy, who is phobic about getting paint on his hands, actually even reached in to move the cups around. He forgot about the paint and just played.

Then Wy closed up the box. Since we had used this box before, Wy knew how to close it up all by himself.

Then Wy began to shake the box. Because the craft sticks made so much noise, Wy liked the sound and spent more time shaking the box (next time, I will use a smaller box so he can hold the box more easily).

When Wy was ready, we set the box down and opened it up.

And here is our masterpiece on the paper…

And check out our beautiful tye-dyed craft sticks.

I glued the craft sticks together so Wy could give them to his mommy for a gift:)

By |2010-07-24T10:00:56+00:00July 24th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Teacher Tom July 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    What a fantastic toddler project, Deborah. I love when they set their phobias aside — that tells me they’re really engaged!

  2. artsy_momma July 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    What a fun project! My son would love shaking the box 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart July 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      I left all the cups of paint and the craft sticks in the box on purpose so there would be noise for shaking:)

  3. Jenny July 24, 2010 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    I love how the box is central to his painting projects Deborah – and that you are thinking outside the box (sorry, couldn’t resist) to get this little guy interested in painting.

  4. Mothers' Hideaway July 24, 2010 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    I love these!!!! If you wouldn’t mind I’d love to put onto our forum about education! We have a ton of moms looking for resources and I’m setting up a post with a few links attached!

  5. Briana July 25, 2010 at 12:15 am - Reply

    What a beautiful mess.I am so proud of him-wow! I can’t believe he touched the paint!

    • Deborah J. Stewart July 25, 2010 at 12:31 am - Reply

      Ha ha, he totally didn’t notice until a bit later. Then we washed it off and it was all better:)

  6. Nadia July 26, 2010 at 3:57 am - Reply

    The painted sticks look pretty and this activity is different in a fun way… kids would love to shake the box! Your blog is such a great resource of information! (i’ve just subscribed through email!)

  7. Scott July 26, 2010 at 9:25 am - Reply

    This is terrific. I’ll bet my bigger kids would enjoy this, too. I love the colored craft sticks. Maybe we could paint them and then use them with our blocks to create buildings….

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