Combining junk modeling and a simple STEM engineering project for children, here’s how to build a toy boat.
The sun is shining, the paddling pool is ready and we have a group of children, with a mix of ages, all with their own idea of how to make a toy boat. [Read more…]
We used our favourite easy salt dough recipe this week to make… hoomagwatas. You’ve heard of hoomagwatas, right? Carnivorous creatures that live in the Central African rain forest. Very dangerous animals that will eat you up in a minute – or so my children tell me. (I googled the name but sadly there’s no trace of any real hoomagwatas – that would have delighted the kids)
Salt dough modelling gives you lots of play and learning – and we spread this project over three days so we could take our time and enjoy each stage. If you’d like to make some creatures with your children you can find the salt dough recipe [Read more…]
I talked yesterday about one of the golden rules for a happy school holiday being to provide some great supplies for the kids to use, so I thought today I’d show you what fabulous play (and learning) can happen when we give children materials to try out.
This is B’s idea for a lollipop stick craft: a Popsicle Park. Lollipop sticks, along with paper plates, toilet roll tubes and egg boxes, are one of the craft supplies we always have in stock, ready and waiting for when inspiration strikes and my master crafter needs to make something. [Read more…]
Messy play painting is a fabulous, fun activity for children. Today at creche we set up a painting and printing station and fourteen toddlers were giggling with delight as they explored the colours, sensations and techniques available. [Read more…]
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.