Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’


April is NaPoWriMo – that’s National Poetry Writing Month for those who don’t know. As such, it’s a great time to get the kids to have a go at writing poems. Read the rest of this entry »

Early Years Printing

Often the first print children will make is a handprint. It’s easy and they’ll do it spontaneously when given the opportunity to play with paint. They’ll either dip their hand in the paint if it’s on a flat pallet or, carefully paint their hand with a brush before pressing it down on the paper. Then they’ll smile with delight at the mark they’ve made. Read the rest of this entry »

Mother’s Day

This is always one of our favourite days at Artful Dodgers, so we stock up on pretty things for the little ones to use in their creative efforts for their lovely mums. And, we gather them all together into one section, not surprisingly called Mothers Day, so you don’t have to go searching all over the place to find them. Read the rest of this entry »

Sensorial Sensations

This week at toddler group we went all sensory. Three activities were set up for the children to explore texture, manipulation and organization. The children were free to move between the activities as they chose. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »