Twin Ball Track

Over the next few weeks I’ll be telling you about all the fab new items we have for you. Plus, I’m just putting the finishing touches to our catalogue and this will be with you in May! 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 »

Mono Printing

mono printingI’m really excited to tell you about this activity. It worked so well and the children loved it. We had such a fun, messy time whilst we learnt several processes. Read the rest of this entry »

Get Gardening

I’ve just arrived back from a trip to the Lake District to find that the onion and pumpkin seeds we planted a few weeks ago have sprouted with a vengeance. So now is a great time to start off seeds with the little ones. Make sure you use easy-to-grow plants so that the children don’t get disappointed. Here are some suggestions: Read the rest of this entry »

Printing with Poppy Plastic

First toddler group of 2015 and we had lots of messy fun printing with poppy plastic, hands and finger tips.

This was very easy to set up – I simply squirted some ready mixed paint on to sponges set into finger dip bowls, let the children choose which colour sugar paper they wanted to use and away we went. 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 »

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 »

We’re Pleased to Announce …

Isn’t it great when you get good news in your inbox? Well last week one of our suppliers emailed me with the fantastic news that two of the toy tubs we offer have won some prestigious awards.

Play People

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Printed Pumpkins for Halloween

Toddler printed pumpkinWe seem to be doing a lot of printing at toddler group at the moment but the children don’t seem to mind and they’re starting to get to know what to do. Repetition is a good thing at this age.

Out came the polystyrene pizza trays again so we could print large orange disks onto our paper. I squeezed some red and yellow paint onto the polystyrene disks and asked them to spread the paint all over the disk and right to the edges with a large paint brush. By doing this the children saw the colours change from red and yellow to orange. Magic! 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 »