Book Talk: First Art – Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Good


I love idea books, especially idea books for kids. I’m not the most creative person in the world when it comes to entertaining children, and this book book has got some fabulous ideas for easy art projects to do with kids of all ages. Kids art is basically supervised mess making, and what kid doesn’t love that!

MaryAnn F. Kohl, the author of First Art, includes recipes for lots of different kinds of goops, play-doughs, paints, beads, and more. Each activity includes a little chart that tells you how much adult preparation/planning is required, if the activity level is quiet or active, what kind of cleanup, if it’s a group or individual activity, and if it’s best outdoor or indoor. This book is very organized so each activity is easy to plan and execute.

We have done several of the projects in this book, and I’ll be posting about them sometime soon! Check this book out!


1 Lindsey June 10, 2009 at 10:15 am

I have been thinking about doing a search for something like this. I want to give my kids a blank gallery wrapped canvas and the paint colors I chose (to go with room decor) and let them make some master pieces that I can proudly hang in my home. Thank you for suggesting this book.

2 Baba June 10, 2009 at 11:17 am

I think art is so important for children of all ages to bring out their creative side and spark imagination. This sounds wonderful for parents who may be lost when it comes to creating activities with their children. I love it. Thanks.

3 Kelsey June 11, 2009 at 8:36 am

What a great idea! I’m going to have to share this with all my readers. Thanks!

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