I finally got around to using one of the art ideas from my First Art book. I've had a bunch of pages dog-earred since Christmas (when I received the book). It is a wonderful resource for ideas and inspiration. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who wants to bring creativity and art into their home or classroom.
What I did was I taped together different kinds of papers. I used construction, parchment, foil, and bubble wrap (not really paper, but still works).
I set out T's paints and just let her paint as she wished. The purpose of this activity was for the child to explore the different textures of paper and see how the papers react; attracting or resisting the paint.
Other paper ideas to use include:
First Art: Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos by MaryAnn F. Kohl