Snow Pictures

As we’ve had a little bit of snow recently and it’s been really windy I thought we’d do some cold, snowy pictures. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy New Year – Spring Festival Inspiration

I love this time of year. A time for a new beginning, have a clear out of the old and bring in the new. And talking of new this year’s catalogue is out and on its way to customers. If you’ve not got one give us a call and we’ll get one out to you straightaway. Also we have sent out our spring festival leaflet with craft ideas – get your sneak-peek here. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Cone Decorations

It was the last toddler group before Christmas this week. I thought the children could make decorations but I wanted a way of making them without being too prescriptive about it so the children still had an opportunity to use their imaginations and creativity. Read the rest of this entry »

Forrest / Mountain Range Collage

Gluing and sticking again today. This time the idea was to make a forest with collaged triangles – however my triangles were equilateral so ended up looking like a mountain range instead. No matter.

It would be fun to take this activity to the next stage where the children use their trees (or mountains) as a background for playing with their dolls, cars, animals etc. In a forest they could re-tell the story of little red riding hood or, in the mountains go trekking and skiing. Though I’m sure the children can come up with their own stories. Read the rest of this entry »

Encapsulating Light

Last week I was asked to come up with an activity around candles and light. This was the theme at this month’s Praise and Play just before toddler group.

Easy – or so I thought. After much head scratching I decided to do a version of the tissue lanterns.

I settled for encapsulated collage where the finished piece could be taped to a window or wrapped into a tube to go round a jam jar with an electronic candle in it. Read the rest of this entry »

Hard and Soft Line Collage

Ellie in matchsticksLines – bet you’ve never really thought about them. They’re everywhere, and when it comes to mark making and drawing, lines are very important.

Letters and numbers are all made up of lines, and drawings are mostly a bunch of different lines – straight, curvy, fat and thin – all put together and often coloured in. Lines describe the edges of things, can show the direction of movement and an outline depicts the shape of a thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Circle Collage

Circle collageCollage – gluing and sticking – the children love it. As soon as they see the table laid out with all the collage materials and glue pots they’re running over, putting on their aprons eager to choose the materials they want to use. Note I say the materials THEY WANT TO USE and not those chosen by someone else. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning September Art Sessions

Toddler group will be starting up again in a couple of weeks so I’ve been thinking about what I can do with my little friends.

As some of the children have moved on and younger ones join the group this is the time of year where I have to assume their experience of making art is limited. Plus, I have to make sure any activity should be achievable by all age groups from one to four. This can be quite a challange.

This half of term my plans are to introduce the children to line, colour, shape and texture.

Line: I’m going to revisit an activity I did last January for exploring line where a long piece of string is attached to card and thenthe children can move it around and follow the line with their finger. Then we’ll break out the felt tips and have a go at making lines. Read the rest of this entry »

Seven Days to Celebrate in September

Yes it’s coming. Only a few more weeks and it’ll be September ... ahhhhhhhh. But now is a great time to start your autumn planning. I know the super organised have done this already but most of us are only moderately organised if not ‘OMG is that the time’ sort of organised. Read the rest of this entry »

Roller Painting, Collage and Sad Farewells

It was the final toddler group of the summer a few weeks ago. I was really sad as it was the last time I’ll see some of the children as they’ll be starting nursery or school in September. I feel I’ve only just got to know them and their likes and dislikes at the art table. Read the rest of this entry »