Posts Tagged ‘paint’

Early Years Portrait Painting

We had fun with this project. There are loads of processes involved and each child brought their own unique interpretation to it. Some followed what we were doing and others (generally the younger children) played with all the processes.

I say this time and again, but there’s no harm in reminding you, that at this age it’s the process that matters not the product. Read the rest of this entry »

Dots, Spots and Circle Printing for Early Years.

Printing is one of the six key areas you should be covering in early years art. The others are mark making, painting, collage, 3D and textiles.

So this week I gave the tots a printing project. I gathered together a variety of materials in different sizes to make prints with including:

Cardboard rolls
Pom poms
Poppy plastic
Sponges from the finger dip bowls
Polystyrene pizza trays
Corks
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Autumn Colours Round and Round Painting For Early Years

Children love painting. It’s a great medium for giving immediate satisfaction – especially if you use the right sort of paint. I use ready mixed paint from our mixed box of twelve which is thick, creamy and comes in great colours.

Colour Mixing
As autumn is here with chilly, misty mornings and fading light, I chose to use the colours that brighten up the shortening days – red, yellow and pink. I didn’t include the orange as I wanted the children to discover that this can be made by mixing yellow and red. Read the rest of this entry »

Early Years Painting with Marbles and Pom Poms

This is a classic early years activity – rolling a ball covered in paint over paper, by tipping up the container it’s in, to create a pattern. It’s great fun and really messy. The children will not be clean at the end of it. So, aprons and hand towels are essential with this technique. Read the rest of this entry »

Red and Green Finger Paint

After the success of painting last week I thought we’d go a step further on the mess front and use finger paint. I’d been given some samples from one of our suppliers to try in red and green. Read the rest of this entry »

The Joy of Painting

We sometimes forget that keeping it simple is just as fun and creative (and some would argue more so) as having lots of materials to go at.

So this week I decided to go back to basics and just provide paint, paper and a brush for the little ones. Read the rest of this entry »

Early Years Printing

This week toddler group was cancelled due to the snow – and boy is it snowing today. So, this is an activity I ran with the group two years ago.

I was interested to see how the children got on with printing by dipping shapes into paint and dabbing onto paper. I used A3 paper this week to give the children a large area to make their pictures. Read the rest of this entry »

Printing with Poppy Plastic

First toddler group of 2015 and we had lots of messy fun printing with poppy plastic, hands and finger tips.

This was very easy to set up – I simply squirted some ready mixed paint on to sponges set into finger dip bowls, let the children choose which colour sugar paper they wanted to use and away we went. Read the rest of this entry »

Printed Pumpkins for Halloween

Toddler printed pumpkinWe seem to be doing a lot of printing at toddler group at the moment but the children don’t seem to mind and they’re starting to get to know what to do. Repetition is a good thing at this age.

Out came the polystyrene pizza trays again so we could print large orange disks onto our paper. I squeezed some red and yellow paint onto the polystyrene disks and asked them to spread the paint all over the disk and right to the edges with a large paint brush. By doing this the children saw the colours change from red and yellow to orange. Magic! Read the rest of this entry »

Moon and Stars Pictures

Moon and starts

Did you see the moon last week? It was magnificent. Big and bright and the inspiration for this week’s activity at toddler group.

Firstly we made prints of the moon. We dabbed white, silver and silver glitter paint all over our printing disks (polystyrene pizza trays). Then we turned them over and pressed down hard. As we carefully peeled away the disks our moon print was revealed. The children were delighted. Read the rest of this entry »