Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

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 »

Five Early Years Autumn Projects

Autumn will soon be here. So, now is a great time to start your autumn planning. Here are five project ideas to help you think.

When Does Autumn Officially Begin?

Well that depends on who you talk to. The weather men and women will say it’s on 1st September as they split the year up into neat, three monthly periods for easy year on year comparison of weather and temperatures. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer to Autumn Tree

As I drive up and down my hill I’ve been noticing how stunning the ornamental cherry trees are looking at the moment. Their drooping fingers of leaves are turning to stunning oranges and reds. They’re absolutely beautiful and the inspiration for last week’s activity.

The idea was to take the green leaves and dab them with red, yellow and bronze paint to turn them into autumn leaves. The children would dab round the edges of the leaves on a sheet of sugar paper creating a picture with the outline of the leaves. Two creations in one – hurray! Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Autumn Leaves Printing

Autumn is a great time of year. You can’t beat it for colour, misty mornings and warm afternoons. Wonderful! And this year we’ve been so lucky with the weather. In fact it feels a little weird that the beautiful blend of golds, oranges and reds are appearing on the trees whilst it’s so warm.

So, now it’s officially autumn it’s the perfect time to break out the red and yellow paint along with our lovely leaf-shaped sponges. And that’s exactly what we did at toddler group today! 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 »

Seven Days to Celebrate in September

Yes it’s coming. Only a few more weeks and it’ll be September ... ahhhhhhhh. But now is a great time to start your autumn planning. I know the super organised have done this already but most of us are only moderately organised if not ‘OMG is that the time’ sort of organised. Read the rest of this entry »

Hurrah for Autumn!

Ooo... Autumn is on the way and it’s one of our favourite times at Artful Dodgers – full of jewel-like colours, cool evenings and juicy autumn fruits. And, of course, the leaves begin to fall, offering up a whole host of creative opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »

Autumn Inspiraton

It’s been an exciting autumn so far here at Artful Dodgers with a brand new website coming online and now we’re starting to blog as well! Read the rest of this entry »