Rain Inspired Drip and Scratch Painting for Early Years

In our video, Susie is inspired by the concentric circles formed on a pond by the rain. Show the children the video to help them develop an awareness of their environment and learn how to look carefully at what they see. Then reinforce what they have seen by completing the project.

(Before you start making your pictures you could explore how water behaves in the rain by examining puddles or you can create the same effect by sprinkling water in a bowl or sink.)

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Shell Inspired Patterns and Pictures – Early Years Art Activity

In our video, Susie is inspired by the naturally occurring markings on shells to make patterns in sand and then on paper. Show the children the video to help them develop an awareness of their environment and learn how to look carefully at what they see. Then reinforce what they have seen by completing the project.

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Early Years Art Project With Downloadable PDF & Video

I’m excited to tell you about our new, ongoing programme to help you with ideas for art activities in your setting. Each project will have a downloadable PDF for you to refer to with a materials list and instructions. Plus, we will make an accompanying video for the children to watch and learn from.

The first project is Print Yourself A Meadow.  In the video ‘Susie’ is inspired by pretty flowers to print a meadow. But first she puts on an apron before showing you how to make a print.  At the end she has dirty hands and has to wash them. The video is only two minutes long and hopefully you and the children will find it a fun way to kick off your art activity.

“Wow – thought I was watching CBeebies” is one response I’ve had.

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Magical Mystery Balls

I’m really excited to tell you about the latest addition to our early years ball collection – these amazing Mystery Balls.

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Three Father’s Day Ideas For Early Years

I don’t know why but coming up with great ideas to celebrate Dads can be tricky. But I’ve had a scoot round the internet and have found some fab ideas for you do with the little ones.

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Win A Sensory Mood Cube

All orders received between 18th April 2017 and midnight on 31st July 2017 will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a mood cube worth £99.00 ex VAT.

The draw will take place on 1st August 2017 and the winner will be notified by email the same day and announced on our website.

Mood Cube Light
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Win A Sensory Mood Egg

And the winner is … Elizabeth Montessori

As an Easter treat we’re automatically entering all orders placed by midnight on 16th April 2017 into a prize draw to win this fantastic Mood Egg worth £74.99 (ex VAT).

The draw will take place on Tuesday 18th April 2017 and the winner will be notified by email the same day as well as being announced on our website.

Sensory Mood Egg
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Domed Surfaced Mirrors

Now available from Artful Dodgers is this fantastic set of Domed Surfaced Mirrors.

You can see them in action by watching the video below and buy them here on our website.

Three Ways to Use Sequin Mesh With Early Years Children

Tumbling Leaves Collage on Sequine MeshSequin mesh is a versatile material which you can use for:

Collage
Printing and painting
Sculpture

Collage
I’ve several ideas you can try with sequin mesh and making collage.

First up is the Tumbling Leaves Collage – this will help with the children’s fine motor skills as it’s quite fiddly. The children could work on a long piece of sequin mesh as a group project, either taking it in turn or working together, so they only have to add a couple of leaves. The final product looks great when pinned to a display board. Alternatively, you could cut the sequin mesh into shorter pieces for each child to work on individually.

All you have to do is thread the stalks of the artificial leaves onto the mesh. As no glue is required you can use the leaves again when you’ve finished with the exercise or finished displaying the final piece.

You could take this idea further and use any kind of threading material including wool, laces, thin ribbons and make a really colourful collage. Or you could colour theme it to fit with a season. Read the rest of this entry »

Tell By Touch Clock

This week I’m telling you about this fabulous Tell By Touch Clock suitable for children three and over. It’s a multiple resource in one. The hands move so you can teach the time. But that’s not all. Building on the success of the popular Touch and Match Boards the clock numbers also have a touch and match element to the blocks that go around the outside. This is a great piece of kit that will help with the children’s sensory development.

 

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