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Sensational scissor skills

Learning how to use scissors is important for: fine motor skills development for holding pencils and crayons, drawing, painting and writing, picking up and manipulating objects, getting dressed, brushing teeth, using cutlery hand-eye coordination as they hold the paper with one hand and use the scissors with the other while following the line where they… Continue reading Sensational scissor skills

Book based art and crafts · Drawing & colouring · Hand print, fingerprint & footprint art · Nature art and craft · Painting · Paper crafts · Paper plate crafts · Recycled crafts

Hermit crab books and crafts for kids

Sharing a shell by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks is a story about a hermit crab who finds a new shell.  At first he shares it with the anemone and bristle worm who come along and offer to help him by scaring off fish and keeping the shell clean. But soon he decides the shell… Continue reading Hermit crab books and crafts for kids

Busy bags and travel kits · Colour recognition · Drawing & colouring · Fine motor skills · Literacy and numeracy · Nature art and craft · Painting · Rainbow art and crafts · Rock painting & decorating · Toys and games

Learning with painted rocks

Painted rocks make wonderful, literacy and numeracy resources for kids of all ages and they also make ideal gifts.  Kids learn more effectively through hands-on learning, and it makes it more fun too! Alphabet rocks Alphabet rocks are so easy to make and can be used for lots of different learning activities.  Kids can use… Continue reading Learning with painted rocks

Book based art and crafts · Busy bags and travel kits · Drawing & colouring · Fine motor skills · Literacy and numeracy · Nature art and craft · Outdoor play · Painting · Rock painting & decorating

Make your own story stones

Story stones are props that are used to create or retell stories.  They may be used to represent the characters (eg people, animals), settings (eg the beach) and objects (eg food, houses, transport) in the stories. Kids can use story stones to: tell their own stories based on a particular theme, eg going to the… Continue reading Make your own story stones

Bug crafts · Drawing & colouring · Monster crafts · Nature art and craft · Rock painting & decorating

Fun and friendly painted rocks

As we said in our previous post, rock painting has several benefits for kids.  It is a great way to get them outside and doing something active and creative.  It provides a wonderful sensory experience with the smooth feel of the rocks and the squishiness of the paints, and the materials you need are cheap… Continue reading Fun and friendly painted rocks

Busy bags and travel kits · Drawing & colouring · Nature art and craft · Outdoor play · Painting · Rock painting & decorating · Toys and games

Outdoor play with painted rocks

Rock painting has several benefits for kids.  It is a great way to get them outside and doing something active and creative.  It provides a wonderful sensory experience with the smooth feel of the rocks and the squishiness of the paints, and the materials you need are cheap and easy to find. In this post… Continue reading Outdoor play with painted rocks

Drawing & colouring · Nature art and craft · Painting · Rock painting & decorating

Sharing kindness with painted rocks

I recently discovered a Facebook group in my home state of South Australia (SA ROCKS) encouraging people to paint and decorate rocks and leave them in public spaces for others to find and share where they found them.  For those of you in Australia, there is a group for almost every state: NSW ROCKS - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1799672490361808/… Continue reading Sharing kindness with painted rocks