Toddler Dot & Dash Painting

Toddler Dot & Dash Painting craft

From heart beats to tree leaves, children notice patterns and rhythms in daily life. When they draw what they observe, kids develop sorting and classifying skills.

  • 1.

    Find a pattern that appeals to you: Listen to a friend's heart, the rain, or the beat of a drum in rock or Native American music. Ask an adult if you can make your own rhythm by banging on empty pots and pans. Look at a necklace with beads, or notice a bridge you built with blocks. How might you show this pattern on paper?

  • 2.

    Cover your work area with newspaper. Choose your favorite colors of Crayola® Washable Kid's Paints. On a large piece of white paper, make patterns with colors or shapes using Crayola So Big Brushes or Paint Brushes. Dry.

  • 3.

    How could you read the patterns-maybe by singing or tapping them with a wooden spoon? How could you dance the pattern?