Tracing circles has got to be one of the simplest activities you can set up for a toddler or early preschooler, and I’m excited to share this with you today. Simple and successful are winners in my book.
I’m hearing from some of our readers that you could use ideas for foul-weather-indoor-play.
I’ve got something for you that requires very little preparation and can be pulled together with materials that we all have on hand.
Step one: Tape paper to the table
I taped a sheet of paper to the table and showed N how to trace around a cup. I’m in love with blue painters tape, and can hardly imagine what we’d do without it. I wasn’t sure how this activity would go…would she find it too simple, boring, thrilling, or challenging? Turns out it was a good challenge for her, as she requested cups and markers for more tracing the next day.
Step two: Invite your child to trace a cup
And as you can see from her circles, this involves a lot of fancy handiwork, small motor skills, and hand-eye coordination for wrapping the marker all the way around the cup. I think my child is inherently right-handed, and it’s interesting to see her draw with both her right and left hands in order to draw all the way around the cup. Good problem-solving!
If your child enjoys this, a good extension would be tracing cookie cutters, tape rolls, food storage containers, etc. Even better…ask your child to think of other objects to trace. And if you move away from tracing disposable things, shift from markers to pencils. A good lesson in preservation!
More Art Projects for Toddlers
For more toddler art projects, you may enjoy the easy-to-set-up activities that use mainly everyday materials in 12 Simple Art Projects for Toddlers.