Posts Tagged ‘art ideas’

Triangle Collage and Felt Tips

No toddler group again this week as I had to attend a meeting. But here is another activity I ran with the group a couple of years ago.

I found that circle collage was a popular activity with the children. So I varied the activity by changing the shape of the collage materials. 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 »

Moon and Stars Pictures

Moon and starts

Did you see the moon last week? It was magnificent. Big and bright and the inspiration for this week’s activity at toddler group.

Firstly we made prints of the moon. We dabbed white, silver and silver glitter paint all over our printing disks (polystyrene pizza trays). Then we turned them over and pressed down hard. As we carefully peeled away the disks our moon print was revealed. The children were delighted. 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 »


Hedgehog from Hand PrintsI love hedgehogs. They’re so cute. We have one in the garden. We can often hear it snuffling about at night as it searches out slugs and worms to eat. It is surprisingly loud. If you want to hear a clip visit: 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 »

Chocolate Part One

Easter is coming up and I imagine there’ll be plenty of chocolate covered fingers and faces for a week or two. But is chocolate something you really want to be giving your kids, especially in these times of growing obesity? Let’s have a look at the facts. Read the rest of this entry »

Yellow and Purple Multi Media Pictures

There’s a great walk near us in the Peak District where, in May, you’ll find the fields full of yellow cowslips and purple wild orchids. It’s stunning. And now the daffodils are in full bloom along with crocuses, forsythia and primulas. Read the rest of this entry »


We can’t get to this time of year without mentioning Easter. It falls on 20th April this year and will, I’m sure, be another egg-stravaganza (sorry about that, I couldn’t resist!) of chocolate, chicks, bunnies and simmnel cake. Mmm… can’t wait! Read the rest of this entry »

Paper Friends

Mark making with large child-shaped paper for the toddlers this week. And what fun we had. Read the rest of this entry »