Painting · Process art · Sensory activities

Make your own paint

Did you know that you can make your own paint at home?  All you need are a few simple ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen and bathroom, and you can get painting! You can make paint with: crushed chalk yogurt and instant pudding cornflour and corn syrup baking soda and vinegar sorbolene cream… Continue reading Make your own paint

Bird crafts · Costumes · Fairy crafts · Feather crafts · Felt crafts · Fine motor skills · Nature art and craft · Painting · Process art · Seasonal crafts · Sensory activities

Beautiful pine cone crafts

Do you have pine cones lying around on the ground near your home?  Why not get the kids outside to collect some of them and make some beautiful pine cone art and crafts!  Just add a few other natural or inexpensive craft materials to turn them into: mobiles and decorations animals and birds fairies and… Continue reading Beautiful pine cone crafts

Colour recognition · Literacy and numeracy · Sensory activities · STEM activities

Science experiments with food

When kids do science experiments, they are learning about: how to answer the questions they have about the world around them the wide variety of ingredients and materials they have available to experiment with, and what they can use them for problem solving & critical thinking skills - what ingredients/materials and processes they need to… Continue reading Science experiments with food

Bead crafts · Clay and salt dough crafts · Fine motor skills · Nature art and craft · Outdoor play · Print making · Sensory activities

Creating with clay

Creating with clay is a wonderful sensory experience and strengthens fine motor skills, as kids squeeze it, squash, it, roll it and mould it with their hands.  Air dry clay is easy to work with and dries naturally - no need to bake in the oven! You can create things with clay by adding natural… Continue reading Creating with clay

Collage · Colour recognition · Drawing & colouring · Fine motor skills · Literacy and numeracy · Nature art and craft · Outdoor play · Painting · Play dough · Print making · Recycled crafts · Rock painting & decorating · Sensory activities

Magnificent mandala art

Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning "circle" and is a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism representing the universe.  Mandalas have been used for centuries for meditation and creating art. Some of the benefits of mandala art for kids: expressing creativity and feelings calming and relaxing developing fine motor skills, focus and concentration learning maths… Continue reading Magnificent mandala art

Book based art and crafts · Busy bags and travel kits · Dinosaur crafts · Drawing & colouring · Fabric scraps crafts · Fairy crafts · Felt crafts · Fine motor skills · Gardening for kids · Nature art and craft · Outdoor play · Painting · Paper crafts · Play dough · Recycled crafts · Rock painting & decorating · Sensory activities · Small world play · Toys and games · Transport crafts

Setting up small world play for kids

"Small world play is acting out scenarios (scenes from real life, stories and/or imagination) in a miniature play scene, created with small figures and objects. Anything from your own home or garden will do, there is no limitation to your creativity which is why it’s a truly inexhaustible subject!" (Little Worlds Big Adventures) There are many ways… Continue reading Setting up small world play for kids

Sensory activities

Make your own natural, kid-safe slime!

Slime seems to be all the rage at the moment, with hundreds of different slime recipes on Pinterest.  The standard slime recipe consists of borax and white school glue, but they are not the best ingredients for younger kids to be playing with. Borax can cause skin irritation and white school glue contains chemicals. The… Continue reading Make your own natural, kid-safe slime!