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 Christmas Painting and Collage

It was my last session at Toddler Group today. So when I asked what people wanted to do they said, ‘everything’.

Not very helpful really! So I decided to do the messy things because the children love it and the mums are grateful they don’t have to do it at home. Read the rest of this entry »

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
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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 Drippy Painting and Shadow Drawing

Last toddler group of the term and this week we were outside enjoying the glorious sunshine and views. I’ve been waiting for a chance to go outside with the children so we can get really messy with the paint.

Drippy Painting
We had great fun with this. I watered down the ready mixed paint so that it would easily splatter and drip on to the long strip of paper I had weighted down with paint bottles. I also put out some clay cuttering wheels to dip in the paint and roll along the paper. 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 »

Early Years Father’s Printing and Painting

We had fun today at toddler group making cards, pictures and wrapping paper for Dad. Read the rest of this entry »

Early Years Collography

CollographyThis is another great printing activity. Building on the skills learnt in previous weeks at toddler group the children were asked to make their own print blocks before getting down to the business of printing Read the rest of this entry »

Early Years Mono Printing Technique 2

More mono printing this week and the children’s roller skills are coming along nicely. Mono means that only one print is made and isn’t repeatable.

Last week we made prints by rolling paint onto a smooth surface, making marks in the paint and placing a clean sheet of paper over the top, rubbing it smooth and peeling back the sheet to reveal a beautiful print. Read the rest of this entry »