Kids, especially 1-year-olds, typically enjoy the opportunity to get messy. Arts and crafts for little ones don’t have to be messy, though. There is no limit to the age when kids can start creating with paint, crayons, and other art supplies. Arts and crafts for kids develop the imagination, fine motor skills, and even boost your child’s self-esteem. These are our favorite art & craft supplies for 1-year-olds.
1. My First Crayola: Fingerpaint Kit
Finger paints, in my opinion, are essential for a one-year old’s art & crafts box. Some one-year-old children may not have the capabilities of holding a paint brush or would much rather use their fingers and hands. Finger paint is also multi-dimensional, adding in the sensory aspect to the activity as well.
2. My First Crayola: Palm-Grip Crayons
For super little hands who want to color and also may have a hard time holding a traditional skinny crayon, these crayon eggs are made specifically for little hands. They are easy to hold which makes creating art even easier for them.
3. My First Crayola: Double Doodle
One year old kids may love to create art and crafts, but they also tend to make messes! If you are looking for a mess-free art activity for your little one, this Double Doodle might be the right tool. Kids can draw on it and it will wipe away. So there isn’t a huge mess!
These Honeysticks are another chunky crayon that is perfect for little hands. These are made from bees wax so they are a more natural option for coloring.
5. Children’s Smock: Multi-Swirl
If painting is what your activity choice is, this child size smock may be the answer to keeping their clothes cleaner. It’s made of cotton so when the painting is complete, it can simply be thrown in the wash to be cleaned and ready to go for next time. The colors and design are also fun, my daughter would say she’s a professional artist with this smock!
6. ABC Stamps
These ABC Stamps look super fun. Even though most 1 year olds won’t know the difference between one letter and another, the stamps will grow with the child. Since these are plastic they could be used traditionally, with an ink pad, or with paint, play dough, or sand as well.
7. Water Mat & Magic Pen
This water mat comes with a water pen that only works on this mat. This is seriously mess free and seriously cool! It’s portable so it is perfect for taking in the car, to a restaurant, Grandma’s house, or even a doctor appointment. Your child can color to their hearts content anywhere without making a mess!
8. Alex Jr: Tots Sticker Pictures
This fun tot sticker set is perfect for getting the creative, imagination juices flowing. Each set comes with pictures and stickers. Children can put the stickers where they would like. For a one year old, this is also a fabulous fine motor activity!
9. Alex Jr.: Tots Fluffy Friends
There is more fun (and sticky) fine motor practice with this sticky collage board. Kids can stick and pull off items as much or as little as they’d like. You can hang it on the wall for a vertical activity or set it on the table.
10. Art For Baby Book
If you’re interested in teaching your child about art, throughout his or her life, this book is a fabulous place to start. It shows black and white art created by modern artists. It’s a board book so it’s perfect for little ones to grab and look at as often as they’d like!
Your child might only be one but that does not exclude him or her from doing arts and crafts. Do you have a favorite art or craft project that you and your one year old like to do together?
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