Everyone knows little kids love arts and crafts: painting, crafting, building, coloring, drawing…basically art is their jam. Especially if it’s messy, right?! This DIY Kids Birdhouse Art for toddlers is a fun new way for them to get creative and a little messy. 😉
DIY Kids Birdhouse Art
Toddlers are busy learning how to control those sweet little hands and fingers. So, they need to spend time playing with different objects and working at different tasks to give those fingers some practice.
I love handing my kids different unfinished wood blocks, birdhouse, and cars to paint because it let’s them be creative and use their hands and fingers in ways that just won’t happen with a piece of paper. That’s why I really love this DIY Kids Birdhouse Art for my little guy.
And most moms love that all of those kids arts and crafts projects can lead to 2 things: 1) kids learning new things and 2) 20 minutes of peace for moms to do important things. Like drinking coffee and thinking about the new Gilmore Girls.
Sample internal dialogue about the new Gilmore Girls: Is Luke still hot? Will Jared Padalecki be there? I know he’s still hot! 12 seasons of Supernatural proves that. Well, Jensen Ackles and the writers should get some credit too.
I mean, seriously, Jensen Ackles is ‘noice’ (said in Amy Schumer’s funny way). Is my son wiping snot under the table… and back to reality. Time to refill those finger paints. 😉
Finger Paints and Birdhouses
You only need 2 things to make this DIY Kids Birdhouse Art, just non toxic and washable finger paints and craft birdhouses. I love the finger paint kits that have 8 or more different colors. Mainly because I just like the variety in colors and the kids seem to also.
I always have a bunch of finger paints on hand in a bunch of colors and a big container of white finger paint so that they can mix that into make even more colors.
I usually pour out small amounts of different colors onto an old plastic lid, dinner plate, or even a paper plate. But, paper plates will slowly soak up the water in the finger paints.
If your toddler is still using a high chair, you can pour dots of finger paint directly onto the high chair tray. Finger paints are really easy to wash off of those trays. Kids love this setup because they can pick and choose the paint colors they want to use from their own little paint palate.
They mostly use their fingers to paint these craft birdhouses but I do give them a small paintbrush and a sponge brush too. Using those small tools is another fun way for them to practice motor skills, strengthen those fingers, and experiment with different ways to make art.
And, I love this 6-pack of craft birdhouse because it comes in 3 different styles and they are small enough for toddler hands and to fit on shelves around my house later. They’re super cute too.
You can find more unfinished birdhouse options at stores like WalMart, Hobby Lobby, and Michael’s too. You should be able to find these smaller birdhouses for just a few dollars each.
Finger Painting Birdhouses for Toddlers
At 2, my oldest didn’t quite cover the birdhouse in finger paints in one go. He would really focus on 1 or 2 parts for 20 minutes or so. I would just save that partially painted birdhouse for the next time he wanted to paint.
Like I mentioned above, I always set up a finger paint palate with 8 to 10 colors to choose from when he painted. I just tried to encourage him to paint a blank spot on the birdhouse when he wanted to work on it.
After a few weeks of working on it off and on, he would have most of that craft birdhouse covered in paint and ready to make our shelves more beautiful.
Before putting it on display, I sprayed the birdhouse with a few coats of poly to protect the finger paints from wearing away. I used a glossy poly to give the paints a bit of shine that finger paints don’t normally have. You could also use a glossy ModPodge to protect the finger paints and to add shine.
I also always wrote his name and the date on the bottom of his DIY Kids Birdhouse Art. Of course, this sentimental mom needs to know when her baby made that masterpiece. 😉
More Craft Wood Painting Ideas for Toddlers
You can get your kids busy making art for your home too. Find some unfinished wood projects that fit your style. Try different styles of birdhouses, wooden craft cars, or maybe a jewelry box. Anything you’d like to decorate with or give as a gift.
You can even limit them to colors that fit your room or have them add glitter, beads, rhinestones, feathers. Let them create a masterpiece you can display for the rest of your life. 🙂
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Thanks for checking out this DIY Kids Birdhouse Art for Toddlers? Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!