The girls hatched a plan as our holiday in Anglesey approached. They wanted to make a sailing boat they could sail in the rock pools on the beach. B’s been reading Why The Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo and really wanted to make a sailing boat herself – a wooden one, which would really float. So we did!
Welcome to day two of our week long series dedicated to the lovely, playful and sometimes willful stage of childhood that is toddlerhood. Yesterday we looked at sensory play and today we’re got some of our favourite ideas for arts and crafts. They’re ideas which are just right for two- and three-year olds (but also great for bigger kids too!)
Activities for toddlers: art [Read more…]
Are you spring cleaning and wondering how to organize kids’ craft supplies in your home? Here’s how we organise things in the NurtureStore playroom, so we positively encourage creativity but also keep things neat and tidy and know where everything is.
This post is by special request from Becky at Ar-blog, who wanted to know how I organise our supplies (I think hers might me overflowing!) If you have something you’d like to see here on NurtureStore – a question to ask or an idea you’re looking for – let me know and I’ll see what I can come up with. You can always come and chat over in the NurtureStore Facebook community and send me a message.
How to organize kids craft supplies :: spring cleaning [Read more…]
One of the ideas we had for our Screen-Free Week was to have a rummage around on our craft shelves to see if there were any long-lost art materials that we might like to try. We struck gold with two packs of air drying clay that Father Christmas had brought in the girls’ stockings and which had been put away in a post-Christmas tidy up and forgotten about.
Modelling with air drying clay
Have you used air drying clay before? It’s not too messy and quite easy for young children to use – my 5-year-old had no problem manipulating the clay into the shapes she wanted. The girls had wooden skewers and scissors to use to cut and make marks with but mostly just used their hands. The clay warms to the touch and is a great work out for fine motor skills. [Read more…]
What colour is a dragon? Do they have wings? Do they breathe fire? All of ours were made from bits and pieces we had in our making box and each is unique, based upon the young artists’ impressions of what the dragon essentials are. They do have one thing in common though – they’re all scary!
Dragon craft ideas: make a model dragon [Read more…]
Many of the play ideas I post here happen as a result of my children taking some everyday materials and experimenting. Having a well stocked making box (which really doesn’t mean lots of expensive art materials) and permission to help themselves to some of our kitchen supplies often leads to all sorts of creativity and learning.
Today’s post is an example of how a fusion of two materials can produce lots of thinking about maths, dimensions, construction, creativity, role-play and of course plenty of fun.
Play dough and toothpicks [Read more…]
This year we are undertaking lots of different art experiments. We’re exploring materials, techniques and styles and seeing where our creativity takes us. We’re celebrating the process of art: trying new things, having a go, being daring, making mistakes. We’re interested how things turn out but much more focused on the fun we have along the way.
Would you like to join our Kids Art Explorers? We’re going to pick a new material or process to try in each month – something which is easy for you to get hold of and which you can try out with your children. The Nurturestore kids will have a play and see what art they come up with, and I’ll share the results of our experimenting with you. We’ll also invite you to join in, try out the material for yourselves and share with us what you come up with. [Read more…]