My daughter is 3 yrs old. My wife & kids stopped by last week after school so Margaret could "paint like a big kid in daddy's room". I thought about many of you home school mom's, pre-school workers that have young children & want to do arts/crafts projects. It isn't easy!!!! I know if I had to teach our pre-school students at TGE...I'd go batty(or more batty than I already am). However, I've learned a few things in working with my children.
ART SHIRTS ARE YOUR FRIENDS!!!!
Tray's catch a multitude of messes.
Limited color palettes prevent mud from happening.
Keep it simple...and short. Long/involved projects will lose the youngster(and frustrate you!).
Have a drop cloth under the area where they are working.
YOU SHOULD WEAR AN ART SHIRT TOO!!!
My son is 17 months. Your best bet for this age is to strip them down to their diaper...and keep a sense of humor!!! ha ha Also..holding them will help you stay in control of the situation better.
AND YOU SHOULD WEAR AN ART SHIRT!!!!! (or a HASMAT suit if ya got one!?!?!)