If you’re growing sunflowers as part of our Sunflower School you’re going to want to make a sunflower height chart to track its progress. Will your sunflower grow taller than you?
Today, less is more. Little made these two Easter cards to give to her best friends at pre-school. They are a very simple design but I think they’re perfect Easter cards for a little one to make, almost by themselves. You can just draw the basic outline and then let them take charge and make a unique card. So easy, you could make them this weekend to send to grandparents in time for the Easter holiday.
Here’s a idea for a St. Patrick’s Day craft that combines colour mixing, sensory play and art: we’re finger painting rainbows!
It’s wonderful for children to have their play inspired by nature and this autumn play dough recipe combines the colours of the season with lots of sensory textures – and lessons about the changing of the seasons.
Here’s how to dye the pasta leaves and enjoy a seasonal sensory play idea.
I never used to be a fan of coloring pages, preferring to offer lots of paper, pencils and other art materials to encourage the children to create their own art. However along came L, who really loves to colour in and reminded me that there’s fun and benefit in many different kinds of kids activities.
Children’s creativity can be encouraged in many ways – and best of all when you’re starting out with the individual child’s passions in mind. She seems to find colouring in quite meditative and often sings whiles she’s doing it! So, with her in mind, I put together some snowman-themed coloring pages – and I thought you might like them as a printable too.
The coloring pages have been put together using PicMonkey. Have you discovered it yet? It’s a photo editing site which I use a lot for photos on the blog, but it’s also a great site to give children a chance to try out some IT skills.
Both B and L like to use PicMonkey to make their own pictures and letters to send to friends. L’s 6-years-old and has found it easy to get the hang of. I set up a blank ‘collage’ and she practises using the mouse to change colours, fonts, do some online writing and use their image bank to make fun pictures. You can use many of the facilities on the site for free or upgrade to get access to everything.
#1 is a simple snowman outline, great for customising with your own hat, scarf and face.
#2 is good for practising scissor skills
#3 is a fun doodle sheet where you can add whatever you can imagine to the winter scene, along with lots of extra snowflakes.
See how glamorous the snowmen – or rather snowladies – are in our house!
( Thanks to PicMonkey for their permission to share the coloring pages with you.)
Our Art Explorers project is back and we’re inviting you to join in with us and try something new with your children this month.
Art Explorers is all about investigating what art you can create with different materials. We love to see how things turn out, but the main focus is on enjoying the process of exploring new materials, combining things in different ways and simply seeing how your kids’ creativity and imagination flows.
This craft was meant to be. We’ve wanted to have a go at spinning art for a while, so last week I went out to try and buy a salad spinner. As we were intending to get it covered in paint I didn’t want to spend a fortune on one but in any case fate intervened. As I walked passed a charity shop, guess what I spied on the shelf inside? One salad spinner! Sold.
Salad Spinner Painting.
You will need: a salad spinner, paper plates or circles of paper/card to fit in the spinner, runny paint, glitter is optional
You can use one big circle of card which fills the whole of the base of the spinner, or you can put several smaller circles of card in the base and put paint on each one. These smaller ones are good if you’re making gift tags.
1. Check if your salad spinner has drainage holes in the botton and if it does, sit it on a plate or tray to catch any paint.
2. Place your paper plate or circle of paper / card in the bottom of the salad spinner basket. It’s a good idea to hold it in place with a piece of Bluetac.
3. Put some blobs of the runny paint on the plate / paper / card.
4. Replace the lid of the spinner and get spinning.
This spinning technique is also great for trying out colour mixing – add a blob of blue and yellow and spin to make shades of green.
You could make a fantastic mobile from your paper plates, or turn them into planets to make a space scene.
Have you tried salad spinner painting? How did you use your designs?