Welcome to the scribbling stage: Art development

Toddler Art Activities


Art materials should be kept at a minimum, since the first two levels, disordered scribbling and controlled scribbling, are about motion. Contrast is very important because a child's eyesight is still developing. A big black crayon and a few sheets of 12" x 18" or white chalk and a black board are recommended.

It is good to introduce color for scribbling in the naming stage. At this point a child's eyesight has developed enough that contrast is not so important. To the toddler, colors can be an adventure to explore.


It is important that art materials used encourage the child to be able to express himself. Paint should be a thick tempera. Paper used should be 18" x 24" in size and somewhat absorbent. Brushes 3/4" wide are recommended.


Encouraging exploration of different materials is always a valued learning experience. A collage is an artistic arrangement of different types of materials glued together on a single surface. It is a great way to create more awareness in a child's environment. Using collage themes such as nature, texture, color, shapes, etc. can turn art activities into learning lessons.


This is a wonderful material for the scribbling age. A child's manipulation of clay corresponds to the different levels of scribbling. The child who is at the disordered scribbling level will pound and beat a piece of clay without any purpose. When the child grows into the controlled scribbling stage, he will make balls or coils out of the clay. And just as in the naming stage of scribbling, a child will name his "sculpture".

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