In this extract from my new book Nurture Art we’re looking at how to set up the best art materials for children, to encourage passion, playfulness and creativity. There are tips for great art materials on a budget, and a free printable poster of the A to Z of unusual things to make art with.
Discovery baskets are a wonderful way to provide your baby or toddler with a variety of interesting materials to explore and talk about. Here are some favourite ideas for how to use discovery baskets for sensory play and language activities.
Discovery baskets for baby and toddler
A classic, no cook play dough recipe that you can make in minutes, using ingredients from your kitchen cupboard. Here’s a step-by-step recipe, along with ideas for a whole year of play dough activities.
Easy play dough recipe
This homemade bath paint recipe has just two ingredients and you can make it in seconds. You could whip some up for bath time tonight!
Homemade bath paint recipe
This ice painting process art idea, taken from my new ebook and online art course for families Art Spark, includes the extra sensory element of coldness. It’s a fun hands-on activity, particularly good as an outdoor art exploration and for keeping cool on hot summer days.