Blow Painting

Put a large drop of thin paint onto a sheet of paper then give the child a straw to blow through onto the paint. The paint will begin to run over the paper. You can...

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Home Made Play Dough

This is a very simple and safe recipe for home made play dough. All you need are 3 cups of bread flour (or plain flour with a teaspoonful of baking powder), one cup of cold...

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Dressing Up

Most children love dressing up and although you can buy specially made costumes the child can use his or her imagination to create their own costume and character. Supply a selection of jumble including: shirts,...

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Wooden Spoon Puppets

Collect together some wooden spoons of different sizes, oddments of fabric to create clothing, wool or cotton wool for hair, pipe cleaners for arms (works well without arms too), rubber bands to hold the fabric...

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Bubble Wrap Paint

Collect together a tray of paint, some long strips of paper, bubble wrap and sticky tape. Place the long strips of paper on the floor (the reverse side of wallpaper is good). Ask the child...

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Decorated Eggs

Collect together paint, markers, stickers, card, tissue paper, glue and hard boiled eggs. Encourage the child to paint or colour the eggs with different patterns or create animals by sticking cardboard ears or wings and...

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National Day

Provide paper, card, paint, crayons, scissors and glue. Encourage the child to create a flag to celebrate the National day of their country. It does not have to be the flag of their birth country...

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Story Stones

Collect together at least 5 - 8 flat stones, paint, chalk or coloured markers and encourage the child to draw or paint an image or character on each stone. (You may choose to do this...

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Hand Art

Hand art is often created as part of a cultural festival. Collect together some card or construction paper, paints, glitter, sequins, glue etc.   Help the child to draw an outline around their open hand...

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Glass Lanterns

A lantern parade is often part of seasonal or cultural celebrations, For this activity collect together a few empty glass jars, red tissue paper, glue, scissor, glitter, ribbon and sequins. Make sure the jars are...

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Nature Art

Go for a walk to the park, local wood or other outdoor area with your child and collect leaves, stones, moss, twigs, bark, grasses etc. Arrange all of the items collected on the ground and...

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Egg Heads with Cress Hair

Collect together some empty eggshells (with the top cut off), an empty egg box, cotton wool, a packet of cress seeds and coloured pens or paints. Start by encouraging the child to draw or paint...

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Sensory Toy Box

On each side of a large cardboard box cut a small hole (just big enough for a child’s hand to fit through). Encourage the child to decorate the box with paint, crayons, pictures from old...

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Junk Robot

Collect together a variety of cardboard tubes, boxes, tinfoil, yogurt pots, corks, glue, brushes and paint. Talk to your child about machines and electrical equipment within your home including the television, washing machine, fridge, cooker,...

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Mother’s and Father’s Days

Talk to the child about caring for other people and encourage them to discuss the things they would do to care for others. Make a card for a mother, a father, a grandparent or a...

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Pirate’s Day

Make a pirate ship from cardboard boxes, pillows or anything else that comes to mind. Paint a pirate flag and hoist it to the main sail (broom handle!). Make newspaper swords and hats with the...

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Finger painting

Finger-painting is a fun way for children to be creative and express themselves. Make sure you give the child a very big piece of paper to work on as this could get messy! Also make...

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Go for a Picnic

Spend some time with the child planning and preparing what to take on the picnic. Help the child to prepare sandwiches and snacks and to pack them into a bag. If you do not have...

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Bake a Sponge

Bake a sponge cake from an online recipe or cookbook. Make sure the child takes part in the baking; measuring out the ingredients, mixing and decorating. Talk about what happens to the ingredients as they...

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Making Simple Puppets

Provide paper bags, felt tip pens and pieces of fabric and encourage the child to create simple puppets. When the puppets are finished encourage the child to put on a puppet show with the creations....

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Make a Zoo

Provide a variety of different materials such as fabric, paint and card or dough for the child to create different animals. You could also provide an assortment of animal pictures for a younger child. When...

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Painting with Water

On sunny days have fun with big paint brushes (the kind that painters use) and a bucket full of water. Encourage the child to paint the path or wall and watch the water evaporate. Talk...

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Baking Bread

Try baking bread using a quick and simple online recipe or one from a cookbook. Involve the child in mixing the ingredients and kneading the dough. Talk about the ingredients that go into the mixture,...

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Fireworks and Bonfires

Discuss the enjoyment of bonfires and fireworks and also the dangers. Mention pets and why they may be frightened by the noise of fireworks. Help the child to make a firework picture using sparkly paints...

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Make a Boat

Help the child to make a rowing boat out of a cardboard box, baby’s bath or storage container large enough for the child to sit in. Add oars cut from cardboard and use a sheet...

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Valentine Cards

Help the child to make a pretend post box out of cardboard or an old box and paint it bright red. Make a slot in the side at the middle ready to post Valentine cards...

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Countries and Emblems

Most countries have some form of emblem associated with them; Scotland has the thistle, Wales the daffodil and England the rose. Talk to the child about the emblem associated with their country and compare it...

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All About Me Book

Collect together a selection of photos of your child from birth until most recent. Talk with the child about babies and how they grow, crawl, sit, walk, talk. Help the child to make a book...

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Dough Play

Provide coloured dough and a selection of cutters. Encourage the child to make shapes, animals, vehicles, items of food or to use their imagination to create anything they like. Talk with the child about their...

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Self Portraits

Provide paints, paper, brushes and some pieces of wool. Give the child all the primary colours to use and suggest they make self portraits! Explain the word portrait and talk about what they look like...

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Arts Exhibition

What about doing some drawing or painting today?  Put out BIG pieces of paper and pots of poster paint and BIG brushes. Let the child paint whatever they would like. Wait until the paint dries and...

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Box Models

Collect together small boxes (like the ones you get when you buy toothpaste and soap), glue, plastic bottle tops, paint and paint brushes. Encourage the child to make their own model. Perhaps the end product...

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Black and White

Provide black and white paints and some large sheets of paper for the child to paint pictures using only two colours. Encourage the child to consider the difference between black and white, dark and light....

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Outlines

Ask the child lie down on a large piece of paper, wallpaper will do or brown wrapping paper. Draw a line around the child and then help them to very carefully cut out the outline...

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Weaving

Weaving is a great activity for children to develop fine motor skills. For this activity you will need a cooling rack or a wire basket, pipe cleaners, ribbon or strips of coloured paper. Help the...

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Giant Hug

Get the child to lie down with arms outstretched on a large piece of paper (a leftover roll of wall paper would be good) then draw around arms, head and top section of the child’s...

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Collage

Collect together some old magazines, tissue paper, crepe paper, foil, wrapping paper, scraps of coloured paper, egg shells, egg boxes, small boxes, cardboard tubes, yogurt pots etc. Lay out a large sheet of paper, glue,...

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Bubble Prints

You will need a deep paint tray or a large deep plastic container, paper, straws and runny paint mixed together with milk. Put the paint mixed with the milk into the container. Give your child...

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Printing

Collect together a variety of different objects – bottle tops, keys, potatoes cut into shapes, string, wool, egg cups etc. Help the child to dip each object into the paint then press firmly onto paper....

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