Today I spent some time with my 3 year old neighbor Lila. Here's what we learned about getting the most out of the Art Gallery section in Echo Art Bindery's baby memory book:
What's the best thing to have your toddler draw with? I experimented with what we had in the house and these were my favorites:
- Melissa & Doug triangular crayons - very nice to hold and have great color
- Bic Velocity colored pens - great for toddlers with a longer attention span or more interest in drawing.
- Colored pencils - perfect if your child is unpredictable with drawing. You can always erase!
How to get the best results
- There are four art gallery pages. Plan on doing one page every 6 months or so, so you can see how the art changes over time.
- Limit the number of distractions, i.e. no legos by the art table : )
- If you are unsure what your toddler will do when asked to draw in the book use a colored pencil, they erase!
- Try and have this be a nice moment for you and your toddler to do together. Maybe you draw a picture on your own paper next to them doing their work in the book. Remember that if you take a break to let the dog out or get a glass or water that you make come back to find the book covered in art.
- Relax and know that whatever they draw is fine.
What happens when you don't like what your toddler draws. Let's me honest, we're all secretly hoping for our kids very best work, their Picasso. If you get some scribbles and want something else put the book away for a few months. When you get it out again ask them what they can do with what is already on the page. What can you turn this into?