Posts Tagged ‘Artful Dodgers’

French Language Day

It’s always good to have more than one language in your arsenal. It opens up all sorts of opportunities, both in this country and overseas, so any chance you get to teach kids another language should be jumped at. Read the rest of this entry »

Cultural Meanings of Colour

There’s more to colour than meets the eye. We attach meanings to colour and these can vary depending on context and culture. Below are some of the meanings attached to the primary (red, blue, yellow) and secondary colours (orange, green, purple). Read the rest of this entry »

Rubber Bands

On 17th March 1845 Stephen Perry of London patented the first rubber bands. Since that time rubber bands have become a staple of the stationery world. Read the rest of this entry »

Red and Pink for Valentine’s Day Art

Valentine’s day creates the perfect opportunity to explore red and pink as they are the colours of love and passion. And, I’ve come up with a couple of activities you can do with colour. Read the rest of this entry »

World Water Day

World Water Day takes place on 20th March. It’s one of my favourite days of the year as water is so precious! It may not seem like it, as we’re being deluged with rain in the UK at the moment, but it’s worth remembering that some people have to walk miles to fetch water, that may not even be clean, and would give anything to see the amount of rain we’ve been subjected to. Read the rest of this entry »

Painting with Red, White and Blue

Painting, yet another favourite activity for the toddler group children.

But then, what’s not to like? Take the humble ready mixed paint. It’s thick and creamy making it fabulous to stir with a brush, apply to the paper and rub on the hands. It’s a sensory sensation. And, you can make lots of mess. Read the rest of this entry »


How much television do you let your kids watch? More than one hour a day? If you do you should really read through the latest research on the effects that television has on young minds. Read the rest of this entry »

Chinese New Year 2014 Year of the Horse Collage

One of the top three activities the gang at toddler group love most is gluing and sticking. Read the rest of this entry »

Colour and Learning

I’m one of those people who believe that whatever you can do to help the kids concentrate better, and for longer, has to be a good thing. So, when I read that colour can have a positive effect on learning, I get excited. Read the rest of this entry »

Tried and Tested: Exploring Lines

The inspiration for this activity came from the Stockport Art Gallery where visitors were encouraged to draw a line from one side of the paper to the other, in any way they wanted, then add it to the lines drawn by other people. Read the rest of this entry »