Many daycare providers care for groups of multi-age children. It can be challenging to provide arts and craft activities (creative arts activities) for multi-age groups. We asked our OwnADaycare Facebook fans who are daycare owners if they provide arts and crafts activities for young children between 16 months and 20 months of age to take home weekly. Answers varied:
- I do exclusive infant care and find that to be a difficult task!! You kind of find yourself doing the project anyway. I may do some holiday things, but it’s kind of the nice thing for the next step of child care once they a 2 years and move onward!! We do offer crayons and simple manipulation activities though.
- We do!! It is so fun and the parent’s LOVE it! We just made fall flowers with their foot and hand prints.
- I start crafts/lesson plans at 16 months. The younger children do the same thing as the older ones do, but it’s modified to meet their development. We do a letter and number of the week, shape and colors of the month, Bible story of the month, all combined into a monthly theme.
- Why do they need to do crafts? They should be learning how to share, play, do dramatic play and learn not to hit. Don’t get so hung up on table time. Coloring and manipulations are more than enough.
- Mine get to do what the older ones do, I just cut everything and put glue on, they get to put wherever they stick it. Parents live to get them.
- We don’t do crafts every week, usually when it’s the change of the seasons and holiday times is when I do crafts with my kids ages 2 and up do the craft but most def. not every week, I would say I do crafts more like 2-3 times a month, but more around Christmastime we play a lot with playdoh and color.
- I have a 16 month old and a 28 month old that I watch and if I was to do crafts with them, I would be doing the project. Coloring for the older one is hard enough. And mom wants ME to start potty training him too (he has a vocabulary of maybe 20 to 25 words-he is not ready)
- This year I have a 6mo old, 13mo old, 24mo old, and a 5 year old boy. So no crafts this time around. The 5yr old and 24 month old do color and learn letters, numbers etc. The 5yr old is kindergarten ready, but his birthday fell a few days short.
- Most of the time it’s my 2-5 year olds that participate in craft time. Occasionally if the younger one (17 months) wants to sit at the table, I let her sit with me and color. Let them do what you think they can handle. All young children are different.
- I have 4 babies between 13 months and 16 months and I do art time, not craft time…it’s about the process…not an end result, with the exception of holiday/special occasion gifts. So they play with salt dough, paint with applesauce or pudding, and they use the sensory tub (with puffed wheat in it for them) so it’s all safe, sensory, creative time…but not a finished product to take home. Around 20-24 months of age, I do more coloring and craft projects.
- I involve the younger ones as much as they are able. I don’t do art projects to go home with the younger toddlers unless it is a rare occasion where we traced a hand or foot to do the project. Parents do love to have things come home. I have a 17 month old that took home a painting he did on his own and a sign language “I love you” that we did for him. Mom had them on Facebook to show everyone his art work. I am definitely not about the end product for any of the kids. We do at least a couple art projects/activities a week, sometimes more. Typically the babies are napping when we do art, but if they are around they will paint with us. It also depends more on the child than their age too.
- My younger children do the same thing as the older ones! May not turn out to what it’s supposed to be but the parents LOVE it anyways!
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