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Contrasting Collage In The Snow – Early Years Art Activity.

In our video Susie is enjoying the snow and is inspired by the stark contrast between the skeletons of dead plants and their surroundings. She then creates a frame in the snow and places pines cones and sticks in it to make a picture.

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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.

Click here to download the PDF

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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

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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 »

What Happens When You Order With Artful Dodgers

We’re a small but happy team here at Artful Dodgers. And our main aim is to give you a brilliant service … with a smile.

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Early Years Christmas Painting and Collage

It was my last session at Toddler Group today. So when I asked what people wanted to do they said, ‘everything’.

Not very helpful really! So I decided to do the messy things because the children love it and the mums are grateful they don’t have to do it at home. Read the rest of this entry »

Circle and Sphere Collage

Or better known to the young ones as ‘gluing and sticking’. They love it!

We’ve had a influx of new children to toddler group so this is the first time a lot of them have made collage with me. This meant they needed to be introduced to my ‘system for collage making’.

I lay all the collage materials on a table separate to the one we are working on so the children can see everything clearly. I give them a bowl and ask them to select the materials THEY want to use. This selection process is an important part of making collage as it helps them to develop confidence in the choices they make. And what’s interesting is that they don’t just grab the first thing. They think carefully about what they want to use. Read the rest of this entry »

Four Ways Of Using Pom Poms With Early Years.

PomsPom poms. Don’t you just love them? I do. They’re soft, fun to play with and have a myriad of uses. Fill a basket up with them and run your hands through – it’s a lovely sensory experience.

Collage
Well let’s start with the obvious. Pom poms are a great addition to your collage kit. When I do a collage activity I layout all the collage materials on a separate table to the one we’re working on. The children are asked to select the items they want to use and put them in a bowl. This helps to build up the children’s confidence in making decisions. If the pom poms are out the children always select them. Read the rest of this entry »