Show your babies and toddlers some love this Valentines day with some sensory play that’s adaptable to include even the youngest children. These love hearts are oh so touchy feely! A wonderful creative project for kids to make and explore.
This idea for contact paper art is the result of my 5-year-old’s love of scissors. She sat listening to an audio book last week, all the while cutting away at a pack of drinking straws with her scissors. I’m not quite sure what it is about snipping she finds so appealing but she loves it at the moment and will cut paper, playdough, card, whatever. Not wanting to put a stop to her current craze, but also not wanting to see all our art supplies vanish into pieces quite so quickly, we gathered up all the drinking straw remnants to use for some contact paper art.
Contact paper art [Read more…]
An exciting thing about the Just So Festival was there was always something fabulous waiting around the next turn of the forest path. There were lots of large scale events such as a beach and a Mad Hatter’s tea party, but if you kept your eyes peeled there were lots of little secrets to discover too. [Read more…]
Following on from yesterday’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar craft ideas for caterpillars, today we have a selection of butterfly crafts. The designs are all very simple again, making them easy for very young children to try.
Working with the idea of butterflies gives the opportunity to talk about symmetry and with older children you might want to encourage them to focus on creating matching patterns, as part of a more mathematical activity. With young children though I think the main purpose behind these crafts is to invite them to enjoy the colours and see what patterns they can make – so I would never give strict directions about making sure both sides match. [Read more…]
Using store cupboard staples such as red, green and brown lentils, rice and pearl barley to make collages adds an extra sensory dimension to your play – and is a good way to use up any leftover packets just past their eat-by-dates. Try and provide a mixture of shapes and colours and place them in little pots on your creation station.
The basic principle is: glue, sprinkle, dry. You can keep to one colour per section or mix it up a little.
You can freestyle on your glue and maybe make some repeating patterns – or draw out a design for your collage. Filling in outlines of letters and number allows children to feel the shape of the characters and makes a good addition to a sensory alphabet chart.
happily shared with the resource centre and creative Friday and upcycled awesome and kids get crafty and Made by Little Hands Monday and the Learning Laboratory and Tot school and making Monday marvelous Craft Schooling Sunday
Almost a wordless post today as I think the slides speak for themselves. Go for a walk, collect some natural goodies and see what you can make. Use glue, bluetac or stickytape if you want to fix your pictures in place.