Painted ladybird stones


My youngest made these at school (he’s aged 5). They used acrylic paints and then were varnished. They can then go outside to decorate your garden. Younger children can just …

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Dried pulses collage


I found some out of date pulses in the back of my kitchen cupboards. Rather than throwing them away, I decided to take them to toddler group. We simply stuck …

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Paper plate jelly fish


Lots of jelly fish around at the moment. Try making this jelly fish from half a paper plate, some brightly coloured strips of paper and plenty of paint!

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Colour mixing


I left my eldest with just primary colours (yellow, blue, red) to experiment with. Which colours can you make Sammy?

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Spring and summer nature collages


Use leaves, petals, twigs, grass, what ever you can find, to make a beautiful nature collage. Dandelion seeds give a lovely effect when glued onto black paper. When we did …

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Balloon printing


Half inflate balloons, dip in paint and use for printing. It gives a lovely effect. Warning: will be messy!      

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Space rocket collage


I can never get my little boy to do the art and craft activity, he’s not interested. My mum suggested that we do something that he is interested in (obvious …

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Paper plate sheep- easy animal collage

Paper plate sheep


I was going to do this with cotton wool, but I found some old wool and polystyrene bits that I thought would work well. The first picture is the example …

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Spring blossom printing picture

Blossom printing picture


I painted the branches and the children printed the pink blossom. Simply created by the underneath of a plastic drinks bottle dipped in pink paint

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Kite collage

Kite collage


White card kite shapes a decorate (actually done because we had lots of bits cut out and left over from the fish collage– recognise the colours and the “seaweed” tail?!) …

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Easter egg rolling painting pattern

Easter egg rolling


This was a disaster! I have done something similar with marbles to create a lovely firework picture, so I thought I would try with polystyrene eggs. Unfortunately they were too light and …

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fishy under the sea easy collage

Fish collage


Just photocopied a picture of a fish (kindly drawn by my husband) and decorated with fish scales and green tissue paper seaweed.  

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Bubble painting

Bubble painting


Only do this with children who know the difference between sucking and blowing! You need to experiment a little with the texture of the paint, but basically water down some …

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