Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

Developing Art Activities Where The Children Can’t Fail

I’m coming to the end of my time with the toddler group. It’s been an exciting three-year journey and I’ve learnt so much from the children. I’d like to extend my thanks to all the children, and their mums, for letting me experiment on them.

When I started, I used to have long conversations with my husband about what I should do with the children. Being the one who had looked after our own children when they were young, having a theatre degree and having worked for a short while with youngsters he was a great sounding board. Read the rest of this entry »

Crafting in the Sunshine

Oh, we had glorious weather last Thursday, so we set up for toddler group outside in the old playground (the Parish Centre was a school many moons ago). We’re also privileged that there is the most beautiful view, as the Centre sits on top of a hill overlooking Cheshire and Manchester. Read the rest of this entry »

Sun Prints

What’s this got to do with arts and crafts? Well, with the shop bought pizza you get a round polystyrene disk acting as a tray under the pizza. Read the rest of this entry »

Drip and Blow Painting

This idea came about because I had to find a way of simplifying the blossom picture project I suggested in this blog a few weeks ago. For toddler group there is only an hour and quarter for art and craft and sometimes the children don’t do the activity until the end of the session. Read the rest of this entry »

Butterflies, Blossom and Rainbows

Whilst in the garden over the Easter break I saw quite a few butterflies fluttering around. So, this is a great time of year to look at the life cycle of the butterfly. Read the rest of this entry »

Yellow Community Collage

Today I’m going to tell you about a project we did for Easter last year. At the time this was quite a terrifying project for me as I hadn’t done anything like it with the children before and wasn’t sure how they’d react – but isn’t that when the best art is made? 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 »