NurtureStore http://nurturestore.co.uk kids activities, art and craft, play dough recipes and more Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:48:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Kids art :: painting on texture http://nurturestore.co.uk/kids-art-painting-on-texture?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kids-art-painting-on-texture http://nurturestore.co.uk/kids-art-painting-on-texture#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:47:01 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=14899 Remember the kids art idea we tried last week, exploring texture? Here’s what happened when we added painting on top – lovely sensory, textured experiments!

Kids art :: painting on texture

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Remember the kids art idea we tried last week, exploring texture? Here’s what happened when we added painting on top – lovely sensory, textured experiments!

kids art paintingKids art :: painting on texture

The surface of our boards was made up of a collage of recycled materials, in all sorts of textured finishes. (See how we made them here)

exploring texture

Once the glue had dried, we decided to come back and use our collages for more art, this time by adding paint on top.

kids paintingSome people wanted a rainbow of colours…

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some people chose shades of similar colours.

kids painting on texture Everyone discovered that adding the paint on top of the textured surface was fun! There was lots to explore as the lines, bumps and feel of the different materials took the paint differently. We could:

:: paint along the top or right inside the grooves

:: use a paint brush lightly over the surface to only paint the material on top

:: use a tooth brush on the sandpaper, to really feel the grainy texture

:: poke the end of a paint brush into the polystyrene, and then use the brush end to fill in with colour

:: paint each surface a different colour, or use one colour over them all

painting on texture

Lovely relaxing and interesting experiments – really great for wind-down times, or for transitions. (Rather than saying no to a messy activity like painting right before bedtime, I find it’s a perfect way for the children to say goodbye to a busy day and turn into night-time mode.)

kids art painting

And here are some finished pieces. Same concept, similar process, totally different products at the end.

painting on texture

Have you ever tried this painting idea with your children? What textured materials did you use?

More kids art ideas

For painting ideas that are a little bit different, see what you can make with no paint brushes allowed.

An excellent resource of preschool activities, toghether with 10 printables. Includes math, literacy, art, science and play ideas for thre to fice year olds. Click through to download your copy.

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101 Kids Activities book :: Play Planner http://nurturestore.co.uk/101-kids-activities-book-play-planner?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=101-kids-activities-book-play-planner http://nurturestore.co.uk/101-kids-activities-book-play-planner#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:35:09 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=20532 101 Kids Activitites

Have you got a copy of 101 Kids Activitites from Holly Homer and Rachel Miller at Kids Activities Blog yet? It’s full of quick-to-set-up, fun, creative ideas for children from around 3-years-old all the way up to around 12-years-old.

Whether your kids like art, craft, games, pranks or science, they’ll find . . . → Read More: 101 Kids Activities book :: Play Planner

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101 Kids Activities

101 Kids Activitites

Have you got a copy of 101 Kids Activitites from Holly Homer and Rachel Miller at Kids Activities Blog yet? It’s full of quick-to-set-up, fun, creative ideas for children from around 3-years-old all the way up to around 12-years-old.

Whether your kids like art, craft, games, pranks or science, they’ll find lots of ideas in the book. And with all the photos, and clear layout, you can pretty much hand the book over to your children and let them choose and organise what they want to try first. It’s a super book for summer. ~ Cathy

It’s available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Barnes and Noble.

Here’s this week’s Play Planner

Monday’s child is…

playing frozen math games
Frozen math games for multi-sensory learning

Tuesday’s child is…

taking their pick from 100 kids art projects
100 kids art projects, organised by material, technique, topic and season

Wednesday’s child is…

writing a kids zine (find out how at MamaScout)
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Thursday’s child is…

making tissue paper art
tissue paper crafts

Friday’s child is…

keeping cool with ice play ideas (see them all at BabyCentre)
ice sensory play activities

Saturday’s child is…

learning times tables with Lego (see how at Frugal Fun 4 Boys)
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Sunday’s child is…

making a marvellous hat
make a paper hat

Do check out the 101 Kids Activities book!

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{Disclosure: I was sent a free copy of the book – and we loved it!}

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Rose petal sensory play tub http://nurturestore.co.uk/rose-petal-sensory-play-tub?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rose-petal-sensory-play-tub http://nurturestore.co.uk/rose-petal-sensory-play-tub#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:31:42 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=16213 One of my girls is so romantic, and this rose petal sensory play tub was made just for her. It smells wonderful and gives children a new natural material to explore – and it’s lovely for imaginary play.

Rose petal sensory play tub

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One of my girls is so romantic, and this rose petal sensory play tub was made just for her. It smells wonderful and gives children a new natural material to explore – and it’s lovely for imaginary play.A lovely rose petal sensory tub - great for wedding-themes and summery imaginary play

Rose petal sensory play tub

Both my children have their own special plants in our garden, which they chose, planted and help to look after. My youngest {and most romantic} dreamed of a yellow rose, which begins to flower in her birthday month of June. {You can see B’s conker tree here.}The first of the blooms are just starting to drop and, before they make their way to the compost heap, we gathered some up to make a fragrant sensory tub.

rose petal sensory play tub

Rose petals have such a silky feel, and we only needed a few flowers to fill the whole tub. We added in a wedding pair of Sylvanian rabbits, along with some foil shapes for confetti and a little wedding breakfast feast.

rose petal sensory play tub

And L collected some extra tiny flowers to make the bride a bouquet.

rose petal sensory play tubAt first, she always seems to love to just explore the touchy-feely qualities of a sensory tub – and of course this time there was the added extra of the lovely smell.  We searched on Spotify for ‘wedding march’ and found some great music to play in the background.

rose petal sensory play tub

 

Once she’s enjoyed the feeling, the imaginary play takes over. Here’s the bride and groom and their guests posing for the official photograph!
rose petal sensory play tub

Such a lovely, fragrant sensory tub – it would be great to keep the children happy at a summer wedding!

rose petal sensory play tub

More sensory play ideas

If your children love sensory play tubs, try one of these summery ideas too!

Midsummer messy play sunshine sensory tub

sleepy bunnies small world sensory tub with lovely lavender

 

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100 kids art projects http://nurturestore.co.uk/100-kids-art-projects?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=100-kids-art-projects http://nurturestore.co.uk/100-kids-art-projects#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:37 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=20471 100 kids art projects

Exploring art is such an important part childhood (and beyond!) With just a simple set of materials you are giving your child the opportunity to explore

the math of shapes, colour mixing, geometry and more;

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100 kids art projects, organised by material, technique, topic and season

100 kids art projects

Exploring art is such an important part childhood (and beyond!) With just a simple set of materials you are giving your child the opportunity to explore

the math of shapes, colour mixing, geometry and more;

storytelling and language development as they draw characters, create a scene and talk about their art;

sensory experiences as they swirl paint, smear glue and tear paper;

science discovery as they explore the properties of glue, paint and card;

and the uplifting, joyful discovery of their own voice and vision, and the confidence to express themselves.

In this archive of kids art projects you’ll find process art, seasonal crafts, and ideas for exploring new materials. The art projects are indexed by topic, material, technique and theme, to help you find ideas that are just right for your child. Click through, take a look at the all the photos and pick a few to try.

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Art and Craft for Play

Make your own Play Mat

Winter Wonderland

Fairy Land Light Table

Pumpkin House

Fairy Shell Houses

Fairy Tale Fridge Magnets

Paint a Fairy Land

Make a Fairy House

Peg Doll Fairies

Winter Model Christmas Town

Cardboard Box Boat

Animals

Foil Fish

Clay Butterflies

Word Birds

Owl Crafts

Easter Lambs and Chicks

Pom Pom Mice

Tea Party Puppets

Dragon Models

Incy Wincy Spider

Caterpillars

Fish Tank

kids art activities

Chalk

Outdoor Chalk Frames

Nature Mandalas

Chalkboard Puppets

Chalk Art

How to Make Coloured Sand

Clay and Dough

DIY Clay Recipe

Clay Butterflies

Salt Dough Recipe

Salt Dough Candle Holders

Christmas Salt Dough Candle Holders

Clay Heart Bunting

Clay Faces on Tree Trunks

Garden Tiles

Collage

Exploring Texture

Colour Mixing

Shaving Foam Colour Mixing

Foil

Painting on Foil

Foil Fish

Handprints

Rainbow Handprint Wreath

Christmas Handprint Wreath

easy kids art projects

Mandalas

Shell Mandalas

Nature Mandalas

Play Dough Mandalas

Junk Modeling

Free Junk Model eBook :: Glorious Junk!

Cardboard Box Crafts

Dragon Models

Egg Carton Treasure Box

Make a Marvellous Hat

Outdoor Art

Outdoor Chalk Frames

Spray Painting

Flower Pot Sculpture

Flower Printing

Clay Faces on Tree Trunks

Garden Tiles

Painting

Painting on Foil

Wet on Wet Waterpainting

Bubble Painting

Reverse Print Painting

Texture Painting

No Paint Brushes Allowed

Shell Painting

Large Scale Art

Henna Mehndi Painting

Leaf Art

Spring Watercolour Flowers

Summer Scented Paint

Homemade Spice Paint

Painting with the Rain

Painting with Toy Cars

Painting Landscapes

Painting with Drinking Straws

Spray Painting

Marble Painting

Roly Poly Acorn Painting

Oil Pastels

Self Portraits

3D Picture Frames

basic kids art projects

Paper Plates

Paper Plate Easter Basket

Paper Plate Moons

Printing

Flower Printing

Print Your Own T-Shirt

Printing with Carrots

Leaf Printing Word Tree

Spring Blossom Tree Craft

Rainbow Handprint Wreath

Homemade Gift Wrap

Thanksgiving Prayer Flags

Firework Paintings

Puppets

Shadow Puppets

Toilet Roll Puppets

Seed Head Puppets

Chalk Board Puppets

Rainbows

Rainbow Handprint Wreath

Rainbow Pasta Necklace

Rainbow Shaving Foam Colour Mixing

Sculpture

Seashell Mobile

Stone Cairns

Ice Sculptures

Herb Play Dough Sculptures

Flower Pot Sculpture

Play Dough and Toothpick Sculptures

Sewing

Christmas Tree Decoration

Make A Simple Bag

Turn Your Picture into a Toy

Make a Ragdoll

Shapes

Shape Houses

Contact Paper Art

Shape Garland

Shells

Fairy Shell Houses

Seashell Mobile

Shell Painting

Shell Mandalas

simple kids art activities

Watercolour

Shell Painting

Wet on Wet Waterpainting

Spring Watercolour Flowers

Painting with the Rain

Northern Lights Art

Weaving

Sunshine Weaving

Twig Weaving

Spring and Easter

Cute Easter Bunny Craft

Easter Lambs and Chicks

Spring Blossom Tree Craft

Easter Potato Printing

Paper Plate Easter Basket

Printing with Carrots

Spring Watercolour Flowers

Daffodil Pinwheels

Daffodil Bunting

Flower Printing

Flower Bouquet Craft

Summer

Summer Scented Paint

Sunshine Weaving

Clay Butterflies

Glitter Butterflies

Ice Sculptures

Flower Printing

Design Your Own Tshirt

Sunshine Play Dough Pictures

Flower Meadow Painting

seasonal kids art projects

Autumn

Twig Weaving

Autumn Leaf Art

Autumn Contact Paper Sun Catcher

Jam Jar Candle Holder

Thanksgiving Prayer Flags

Firework Paintings

Firework Catherine Wheel Pinwheels

Leaf Printing Word Tree

Roly Poly Acorn and Conker Painting

Paper Lanterns

Winter and Christmas

Christmas Handprint Wreath

Christmas Tree Decoration

Christmas Angel

Frosty Pictures

Northern Lights Art

Winter Wonderland

Homemade Advent Wreath

Homemade Advent Calendar

Homemade Gift Wrap

Christmas Salt Dough Candle Holders

Snowman Colouring Pages

Winter Model Christmas Town

Resolutions Word Of The Year Art

Four Seasons Calendar

Valentine

Clay Heart Bunting

Symmetry Love Hearts

Diwali

Salt Dough Candle Holders

Diwali Rangoli Designs 

Rama and Sita Puppets

Firework Paintings

Firework Catherine Wheel Pinwheels

Seaside

Foil Fish

Seashell Mobile

Shell Mandalas

100 kids art projects, organised by material, technique, topic and season

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Stone cairns :: building towers with natural materials http://nurturestore.co.uk/stone-cairns-building-towers?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stone-cairns-building-towers http://nurturestore.co.uk/stone-cairns-building-towers#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:53:04 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=16629 Have you ever tried building stone cairns? If you have children who love building towers they’re a fab activity to try – combining natural materials, loose parts, construction play and just a little added dash of wow-factor!

Stone cairns :: building towers with natural materials

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Have you ever tried building stone cairns? If you have children who love building towers they’re a fab activity to try – combining natural materials, loose parts, construction play and just a little added dash of wow-factor!

A fun idea to try: building towers using natural materials. Fun balancing challenge.

Stone cairns :: building towers with natural materials

A cairn is a man-made stack of stones, found all over the world, marking special places and used since ancient times. They are also lots of fun to build with your children.

play with natural materials

When you’re at the beach there’s no end to the loose parts on offer for play.

natural materials loose parts free play

 Start by hunting out the perfect pebbles. Flat stones are easier to balance, or go for a mix of shapes if you fancy a challenge.

stone cairn building towers

 You could try to build a cairn with a wide base…

cairn building towers

or build a tall, narrow tower, with one pebble on top of another. You can pick all your pebbles so they are the same colour, or mix in different ones to create a design. You can add small stones or shells at the very top for a final florish.

stone cairns

What are children learning?

Aside from being fun,by making these stone cairns you have the opportunity to

:: explore the beach and discover the natural materials available for play. You might find other treasures while you beach-comb for the perfect pebble. We found shells, a mermaid’s purse and some fossils.

:: learn about constructing in three dimensions and consider how you need to adapt your design to get your cairn to stay upright.

:: encounter gravity!

:: concentrate. It’s good for children to have a task that requires them to be quiet, think, and focus just on what they are doing. Building these towers is a mini meditation. My children were silent as they fixed their attention on getting their stones to balance.

:: create something beautiful, for others to discover after you have left the beach for the day. These are art installations that might inspire others to take up the challenge and see if they can add a  cairn to the collection.

cairns building towers

More beach theme activities

If you like our cairns idea, you might also like these beach-theme activities

:: seashell lemon play dough recipe

:: sight word seashells :: sensory spelling

:: sandcastle messy play :: homemade cloud dough recipe

:: shell painting

:: ice cool play with hidden-treasure blocks

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