We introduced paint to two babes during the (small) toddler art group meeting today. Iver, above, is only 10 months old, but definitely seemed to enjoy exploring the paint.
We set Iver and Daphne (stripped to their diapers) on top of two sheets of easel paper taped to the floor and handed them each a shallow dish of paint. Although we directed their paint-covered fingers to the paper at the beginning, they seemed to get it quickly enough and painted on their own after that.
The paints are natural clementine art paints which I thought would be especially good for little ones who taste everything and get paint all over their bodies. Although I was pleasantly surprised when they each put the paint in their mouths only once. Our chalk and crayons get tasted repeatedly (by Daphne anyway).
And here's Daphne's first painting! I may need to frame it, just because, along with her first drawing.
P.S. We're looking for one or two more children (ages 10 to 18 months) to join our group. If you're in the Asheville area and are interested in meeting weekly to explore art with your toddler, send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).