Using Crayons on a Large Scale

This is an activity I saw on Facebook so I thought I’d try it out with the tots. It’s a bit like creating snow angels but with crayons. Tape a large sheet of paper to the floor (I used two sheets of poster paper cut from a roll), sit on the paper then, with a crayon in each hand, repeatedly move your arms in a sweeping motion at your side. Two arcs will appear. If you want to make a circle then shuffle round on the spot and repeat.
So, that was the plan. Read on to find out what actually happened. Read the rest of this entry »

Mark Making – Round and Round

This half of term I’m going to be doing a variety of activities based on circles. So for the first session we were drawing round and round.

Now just because I plan a session in a particular way doesn’t mean it’ll turn out as I envisaged – the children often have their own ideas about what they want to do. As the primary aim is to get them making marks with a variety of materials this is fine. So whilst most of the children were very good and gave the round and round a go they also did up and down and side to side. Read the rest of this entry »

Early Years Mark Making with Chalk and Markers

Most children enjoy sitting down and drawing. And drawing is one of the areas of artistic experience that should be made available to young children as their scribbles are the precursor to writing, drawing recognisable symbols and pictures. Or put another way ‘Scribbling is to drawing as babbling is to talking.’ (William Stein) Read the rest of this entry »

Large Mark Making

Oh we had fun at toddler group today. It got really quite hectic but we had a couple of firsts at the art table which was fantastic.

I haven’t done much mark making with the children this term. We’ve done lots of collage, painting and printing and I’d quite forgotten how much they love drawing. Quite a few children did more than one picture. 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 »

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 »