Infants use their senses to explore the world around them. Their glances and gropes might seem random, but their grabs, lunges and attempts to speak are reflective of brain development taking place. Having a project on the lesson plan will often fulfill your classroom planning requirements, and occasionally it is fun to have something to share with parents that has a visible outcome.
Be sure to engage an infant's senses of vision and touch with open-ended art activities. Babies and toddlers learn the most from “open ended” experiences. Open-ended art is having no expectations about the product; it’s all about the process. The focus then is not trying to achieve a predetermined outcome, but instead exploring materials and experimenting with the process of creation. The final outcome might be based on an idea or it might be abstract. Open ended art is all about free choice, discovery, problem solving and imagination!
Yes, a printable or “project” has it’s developmental assets but in the early years open ended art experiences will give the baby ownership of their learning because they are in charge of the ideas and concepts which will emotionally invest them and motivate them try again and again!