Developing Art Activities Where The Children Can’t Fail

I’m coming to the end of my time with the toddler group. It’s been an exciting three-year journey and I’ve learnt so much from the children. I’d like to extend my thanks to all the children, and their mums, for letting me experiment on them.

When I started, I used to have long conversations with my husband about what I should do with the children. Being the one who had looked after our own children when they were young, having a theatre degree and having worked for a short while with youngsters he was a great sounding board. Read the rest of this entry »

Big C and Small c Creativity

I bet you didn’t know there are two different categories of creativity. I didn’t until I started looking into it. But those people who think about these things have identified and named these as ‘Big C’ and ‘small c’ creativity.

‘Big C’ Creativity
This refers to an elite definition of creativity. This is reserved for people who have come up with something that makes a difference in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Creativity – What Is It?

Now that’s a question. If you ask 20 people what they think creativity is you’ll get 20 different answers. So, when you’re required to help develop creativity in children it’s very difficult if you’re not really sure what it actually means. 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 »

Painting to Music

Set up outside for painting with musicI saw this idea on Facebook last week and just had to give it a go.  It’s quite a simple idea but gives the children a new way of looking at painting which in turn produces some fantastic results. Read the rest of this entry »

Drawing with Chalk

Table with stones, chalk and sugar paper.Last week was a fantastic week for weather so the ladies at toddler group decided to be outside again.  It was a good job I’d planned an activity that involved stones which helped keep the paper on the table as there was a slight breeze. Read the rest of this entry »

The Big Draw

October is the month of the Big Draw and this year the theme is “It’s Our World”. So, what is the Big Draw? 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 »

Father’s Day 15th June 2014

Dads are special. So what to make to make them feel special and show we love them? Umm! It can be a toughie but I’ve put my thinking cap on, had a look round Pinterest and come up with some ideas for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Drip and Blow Painting

This idea came about because I had to find a way of simplifying the blossom picture project I suggested in this blog a few weeks ago. For toddler group there is only an hour and quarter for art and craft and sometimes the children don’t do the activity until the end of the session. Read the rest of this entry »