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:
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!
Now summer is here, ice lollies pops are a great way to keep cool, but how about saving all the sticks and making some great crafts with them? Simply wash them well after use and store them together until you lots to play with. If you can't wait that long, you can also buy them from craft shops! Here are few ideas to get crafty with the little ones...
Pen holder: (You'll need lolly pop sticks, glue and cardboard tube)
Fairy Wand for a Doll: (You'll need lolly pop stick, card and silver glitter)
Flower Garden: (You'll need green card, paint, egg carton, glue, play dough)
Puzzle: (You'll need 6 sticks, sticky tape and paint/pens)
Games: (You'll need 15 sticks and 5 different coloured paints).
Have you noticed that branded toys always come at a premium, for example a non-branded colouring book is just that little bit cheaper than one with all your little one's favorite TV characters? Well, todays tip is all about creating that branded craft for less...almost for free in fact!
When you're next out shopping, look for the free brochures and catalogues that stores put out. Go into travel shops and pick up brochures for Disney vacations and any other themed holidays they might have. You now have a terrific source of images to work with, many of which will include pictures of merchandise with your baby's favourite TV characters on!
Cut out a selection of pictures, and now you're ready to create! Here are just a few ideas for what you can make:-
You'll think of so many ways to bring your characters alive whilst avoiding the premium price associated with most branded goods!
The more you learn about the ways that children grow and develop, the more you will see in your own children. After birth, babies develop from the head downwards - first their head grows stronger, then their body, their arms and lastly their legs. Their larger muscles develop first (and therefore gross motor skills, or what we equate as Moving Activities) and then their smaller muscles (tuning their fine motor skills which are our Making Activities). As a member of ToucanLearn, our custom activity path will introduce activities to stimulate physical development from birth through to five years whilst at the same time, ensuring that you and your babies have fun! Two can learn much better than one!
Making, Moving, Learning and Speaking 20th May, 2009 All of the activities in ToucanLearn are categorised by a key skill, these are shown as Making, Moving, Learning and Speaking. These map to long established development skills, namely gross motor skills, fine motor skills, cognitive skills and communication skills. Although as a member of ToucanLearn you will have access to a broad range of activities, you can concentrate on nurturing specific skills by selecting relevant activities accordingly.
Click on Learning above to find out more detail about these development skills.
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