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Color and Doddle

* This post is part of the 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun. For the next 21 days I am going to give you ton’s of ideas on summer fun that will keep your tiny tot busy. Each post will also be pact with hilarious and relatable content for you to enjoy and keep you entertained. Follow me at Messy Mama to get all the summer fun for you and your one year old.


21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun


Day 19: Color and Doodle

It’s time to take a break from all that sun and dip into your creative genes. On today’s edition of 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun were breaking out the crayons and coloring books.

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Coloring Book



Today’s fun is brought to you by colorful doodles and expressive interactions.

We’re digging out those big, baby durable crayons and scribbling all over that piece of paper. Get down low with your little tot, set them up at the high chair, or where ever your creative journey spikes and doddle your little hearts out. It’s time for some good old fashioned coloring.

Set Up

To set this activity up, grab the coloring book or a blank sheet of paper, plug a purple crayon in that chubby little hand and light that rainbow fire. If your one year old hasn’t experimented with crayons just yet, go ahead and guide their hand across the paper or coloring book. Let them watch in amazement as they see colorful lines and scribbles appear.

What To Expect

There is a good chance that your baby-tots will try to put one in their mouth. Nab this in the baby butt-cheeks right away and keep an eye on them. If they’re freely drawing and not restrained in their high chair, they may try to test the magical wand on walls, floors, the dog… Try to keep their little brains focused on the paper in front of them. Your baby may just want to collect and sort the crayons and not give two hoots about the drawing aspect of it. Whatever, you get like 5 minutes to drink a few sips of your coffee while you eye the little bugger.


Take It In

If your little Picasso finds his muse in drawing, soak it in. Watch your little tyke giggle and squeal in delight while they fill up the page with purple, red, blue, green and yellow. Draw doodles with them, or color along side of them to get your bonding on. Color that lion red, and the sun green. Ignore the rules and enjoy the creative fun. Suck in those little giggles and cheeky smiles. Bask in the color.

Finishing Up

Realistically this activity is going to take probably about five minutes before your toddler is ready to find something else to do. Unless you’ve got an artsy bin full of other fun crafts your little toddler can get their hands on, there’s not much you’re going to get out of this. You may be invested in finishing up your yellow kangaroo, but your baby-toddler is probably ready for some macaroni and cheese. Tug that crayon out of his or her nose and put that thing away. It’s lunch time.

If your little one managed to create something more than a single line across the paper, feel free to hang that sucker on the fridge. Or don’t!

I would love to hear how your Color and Doodle Fun turned out. Drop your funny but realistic stories below in the comments.


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