Have your little ones draw an ice cream cone and then draw on a stack of as many different flavoured scoops of ice cream as they can think of. Talk about the different flavours that they choose and whether they are fruity ones or otherwise. Talk about the colours and how ice cream feels - of course it's cold, but does it contain lumps? ...does it have crunchy bits in or chewy bits?
Make up some new flavours, see their reaction to broccoli ice cream, or chocolate and carrot ice cream? What flavours do you think a witch or an alien might like, or a worm?
What flavour ice cream would a horse or a cow like? What can you sprinkle on top of your ice cream to add more flavour? ...and what can you stick in to decorate it? A chocolate finger or Flake bar? A cocktail umbrella? What else might be unusual and fun that you can add to your drawing?
As excitement mounts for the queen's Diamond Jubilee this weekend, your little ones are probably just too young to understand the significance of what is going on, but they certainly aren't too young to join in the fun. Here are some fun ideas to explore royalty and help them learn who the queen is:-
Five year old Aelita Andre has taken the art world by storm having created colourful works of art compared to the works of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Aelita has already made over £100,000 through sales of her art, she has exhibited internationally to critical acclaim and you cannot snap up her works for less than £3,000!
Aelita creates large canvas artwork using a variety of techniques including dropping and spraying paint, using hands to massage it into shape and sticking small objects such as twigs, pom poms and sweet wrappers to the canvases. You might think that she is just a precocious child with pushy parents who have created a story from nothing, but visit her website and you have to agree that there's something profoundly awesome about the art that she is creating! It really isn't the typical work of a five year old!
Aelita started young - her first exhibition in Melbourne opened when she was just two years old, and the same year she exhibited work in Hong Kong. Since then her work has been exhibited in New York and at the Chianciano Art Museum Biennale in Italy. This year she will exhibit in New York again, but a little closer to home, her work has just exhibited in London at the Gagliardi Gallery where she was one of 30 artists to have work selected from the Biennale.
Art is not her only talent, Aelita, of Russian heritage but living in Australia, speaks English and Russian fluently. She plays piano and violin and sings and enjoys ballet and gym. What a talented young lady!
As little girls' hair grows longer they get more and more adventurous and demanding when it comes to styles! Pony tails, pig tails, French plaits, braids with ribbons, bows or jewels. Here are a few great ideas to get the children making their own hair accessories and making mum's life a bit easier (and cheaper!).
Looks great and fun to make!
Chinese New Year is a great, colourful celebration and goes on for a while, this year starting officially on the 23rd January, so you can do these activities and ideas for a few weeks yet.
On 12th January 2012 an exhibition of paintings by Quentin Blake will open at the Foundling Museum, London, featuring illustrations of mothers and their babies.
Quentin Blake is one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators having created the now iconic images for Roald Dahl novels and stories. This exhibition entitled "As Large As Life" shows work he created for four hospitals which were designed to have a calming, relaxing effect on the hospital visitors. Over sixty works were created for a children’s hospital, a maternity hospital, young people with eating disorders and mental health patients.
Depicted in the pictures are senior circus performers juggling and tightrope walking, creatures from Planet Zog, youngsters enjoying everyday life and mothers and babies meeting for the first time underwater.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of events, including family activities, talks and a reading corner decorated with Blake’s recent designs for wallpapers. The exhibition at the Foundling Museum, Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ. More information can be found at the Foundling Museum's website.
More and more councils are collecting recycling now, which makes recycling household waste easier than ever. However, before you pop them in the recycling bins, how about you have a bit of play time first! It will be fun, and introduce the idea of recycling as a positive activity
After lots of loud, exciting, destructive (!) play... see who can throw all the bits and pieces into the recycling bins.
Making and creating, cutting and gluing are all great fun and part of every child's creative journey - it is important to encourage them to have the confident to use the tools we have available rather than teaching them to be afraid of the tools. Scissors are an important tool to master, but should be used with caution. So, by teaching them how to use the scissors from early on, they will be able to cut and create safely without being fearful of accidents due to misuse.
Here are a few tips!
Have fun - and be safe!
This is a great activity to use up some of the Christmas packaging you might have and also have a go at making some cardboard cookies to play with.
Take some brown corrugated card packaging and cut out lots of varied cookie shapes. Talk about the shapes you are cutting: are they round cookies, square cookies or heart shaped. Then, cut some white paper into the same shapes to make the cookies toppings. Think of some fun things to put on top. Draw chocolate sprinkles, raisins, cherries, grapes, and so on, onto each of the pieces of paper. Make sure you do a few of each. Using some tape, stick the toppings on the cookies.
Ask your child:
Making a collage is easy, fun and a great way for little ones to practice their fine motor skills. Once assembled, they can see their work and touch it too experiencing all the different textures and materials. Collage is actually one of the areas of artistic experience that children should be exposed to within the EYFS, along with painting, drawing, printing, textiles and 3D.
So, how to go about having some collage fun:
Other associated activities:
Learning to use scissors is a skill that takes time and practice to master. Just like learning to use cutlery or learning how to walk, the children need to be given guidelines to help them, rules to make sure they are safe and plenty of practice to get it right!
Here are some scissor activities to get them trying it out!
Christmas is approaching at 100 miles an hour and will be with us in no time at all so make sure your craft cupboard has all the ingredients for festive Christmas craft to do with your toddlers! There are loads of decorations that you can make for Christmas so make sure you are stocked up with crayons, glue, scissors, glitter, card, coloured paper, cotton wool, googly eyes and anything else that makes for festive decoration.
Here are just a few ideas of things to make:-
These are just a few ideas for Christmas fun craft. The most important thing is to ensure that your craft cupboard is well stocked in the run up to Christmas so that you can entertain the children with craft ideas whenever you wish to!
Here's our great collage idea to get the creative ideas flowing and inspire the children to look around them!
Go outside and look at the building you are in, then:-
- Explain you are going to make a very special collage of your home. Have a think about what you could use: paper, card, grass, sand, little pebbles etc.
- Look at the shapes of materials you will need: square window, rectangle front door, triangle roof.
- Have a think about what you could use for each of these elements. Then, go about collecting things to use: twigs for chimney, silver foil for windows, leaves for the grass or trees etc.
Stick down all the elements and create a unique image of your home.
Go for a walk and look at other types of buildings: flats, houses, churches, schools, fire stations etc.
Bonfire night has come around again, here are some fun craft ideas to do with the children...
Crayon Fireworks: take a sheet of paper and completely cover it in coloured wax crayon then take a black crayon and colour over the whole sheet again. Take a coin and scrape away the black crayon and you will see the bright colours underneath showing through. Scrape out streams of lights in the shape of exploding rockets!
Chalk Fireworks: take a sheet of black paper and draw firework explosions in bright chalks. Use your finger to smear some of the chalk lines to create a smoky effect.
Glitter Fireworks: draw spidery lines on using a gluestick on a sheet of black paper. Pour glitter on and pour off surplus glitter. Then draw more lines and use a different glitter colour. Build up a sky full of lots of different coloured fireworks.
Make a Rocket: Take a roll from kitchen tissue; make a cone for one end and tape it to the top. Take a length of bamboo cane or a straight stick and tape it from the bottom inside of the tube. Paint the whole rocket a red colour or cover it in crepe paper, and when dry, paint on fun decorations. Cut strips of streamers from red and yellow crepe paper and glue these to the inside bottom of the tube too to create a trailing flame effect.
Make a Catherine Wheel: Cut out a round circle of paper and decorate it with a spiral pattern using glitter and bright crayons. Stick it to a straw and wave it about.
Firework Biscuits: Buy a packet of gingerbread biscuits (or rich tea biscuits if your children find ginger ones too hard to crunch into!) and a set of tubes of writing icing. Make firework explosion patterns with the bright icing colours and enjoy the biscuits soon after!
Look out for other bright materials to make fun firework pictures from - look for fluorescent papers, pens and paints, bright stars and sequins to stick onto paper, coloured pipe cleaners, glitters and even glow in the dark paints!
They love dressing up, they love being creative, they love doing things themselves, they love performing and they love recycling. If this describes your children, then why not mix up all these great elements and do a newspaper fashion show with them to get them creating, making and using their imagination.
There are all sorts of items that the children can wear made from newspaper. Simply tape the pages of a newspaper together, cut out arm or head holes and away you go! Here are a few ideas.
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