New Kid is intrigued when Kiddo sits down to draw so I taped a piece of paper large enough to cover the entire area in front of him on the table. I didn’t want him to be limited by a small piece of paper and feel that there were rules to where he could and could not draw. Artistic inhibitions are hard to break. And if you offer washable art supplies, marked up walls and furniture are easy to clean.
About 5 years ago I read Susan Striker’s Young at Art (affiliate link) and have been trying to follow its philosophy regarding art education and so I gave New Kid a black crayon. He thought it was fun to make some scribble. ….. Unfortunately, since his brother was at the other end of the table with a virtual gold mine of art implements he insisted on being handed more and more markers. I discovered, however, that he was much more interested in removing and replacing the caps than drawing.
But that’s okay, too. (Plus, it kept him busy for a long time!) It’s the exposure that’s important and I look forward to more toddler art experiences.