Posts Tagged ‘painting’

Autumn Tree Paint and Scratch Pictures for Early Years

In our video, Susie is inspired by a beautiful red acer bush to create a vibrant red and green painting. 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 let them respond to what they have seen by creating their own painting.

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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 »

Green and Yellow Early Years Painting

Yellow spring flowersThis week’s activity has been inspired by the abundant yellow spring flowers that are in my garden at the moment. We have Keria, Forsythia, Primroses, Cowslips, lots and lots of Dandelions and in the field at the back the Gorse is also blooming. 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 »

Summer to Autumn Tree

As I drive up and down my hill I’ve been noticing how stunning the ornamental cherry trees are looking at the moment. Their drooping fingers of leaves are turning to stunning oranges and reds. They’re absolutely beautiful and the inspiration for last week’s activity.

The idea was to take the green leaves and dab them with red, yellow and bronze paint to turn them into autumn leaves. The children would dab round the edges of the leaves on a sheet of sugar paper creating a picture with the outline of the leaves. Two creations in one – hurray! Read the rest of this entry »