Before you know it, your lil one grabs a crayon and is scribbling away. The scribbling stage hits kids right around 2 years of age and focuses on big, circular coloring movements. It is a big exploration of your lil one's fine motor skills. But don't worry, those big marks and lines are your tot's way of expressing herself and will morph into more representational drawings in just a few short years. While your tot is busy grabbing at just about anything she can reach to use for scribbling, make sure those marks stay exactly where you want them with a few items that will encourage your lil one's development and keep those scribbles contained.
There's no shortage of great camera apps for your mobile device, but I love the simplicity by which you can transform your photos into artistic pieces. So when I saw a photo transformed by ToonPaint, I was immediately sold on the app. It takes a photo and changes it into a paint by numbers-like canvas.
To use it, import an image or take one using your phone's camera. ToonPaint will then turn it into a sketch, enabling users to color it in using a range of paint colors. You can zoom into any area you choose to paint, and save the image in high resolution for printing or just large viewing. The resulting image is an awesome bright, comic book-like print.
Lil hands will keep busy and lil minds continue to expand when you hand your iPhone over to your tot. Paper and crayons have a traditional place at the table, but several iPhone apps are taking on the age-old drawing apparatus. We've rounded up a handful of drawing apps that can be pulled out of mama's bag at a moment's notice without having to worry about marks on the walls.
A picture says a thousands words, especially if the artist is still learning his. So instead of covering your refrigerator with your tot's latest creations, frame them.
The simple way to do it is with the Dynamic Artwork Frame (pictured, $25-$35), which easily opens and closes without having to remove it from the wall. This frame will also store up to 50 more pages behind the picture that is being displayed. If you're watching your budget as much as your budding artiste, then you can also just pick up a 8.5 x 11 Document Frame for around $8. Your child will be bursting with pride each time a new piece of his art is put on display, and you'll be thrilled with how neat it (and your fridge) looks.
I love how the card was homemade especially for this kid's Mom, who is merely referred to as "someone special." How wonderfully generic. Hallmark would be proud.
When your tot grows tired of the yellow lined legal pad, treat him to a super special Taro Gomi drawing book.
Since there are four different books to choose from, there's one for every lil artist.
To see what else there is to choose from, read more
Our network partner, Final Fashion, who specializes in fashion illustration, covered a drawing by Marc Johns that caught our eye. The artist, known for creating simple drawings with idiosyncratic statements, covers quite a few fashion sore spots in his work. Whether tapping into our indulgence as consumers, our relentless attention to appearance, or our penchant for branding, John's is, albeit sweetly, stirring up the emotions of fashionistas everywhere. See below for more from this series, or , straight from Final Fashion herself.
Do not blame me if your boss catches you spending way too much time making your own special Picasso head. You can customize the face, nose, lips, and even signature. Dude. I'm addicted. Get ready, get set, click here to start
creating your own masterpiece wasting precious time at work!