Hand and footprint man

Samuel made this when he was about 10 months. It’s one of those things we will keep forever. What you need: white card wool or string a hole punch wool …

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Finger painting homemade calendar

Messy, but little ones love it, and there’s no preparation! We did the finger painting first, then, when the paint was dry, we added some detail using a fine black …

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Firework string painting

What you need: brightly coloured paint. We used red, yellow, orange and bronze trays string black A3 paper Preparation: cut string into about 50 cm lengths How to make your …

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Roller printing

Very messy and great fun! What you need: toilet rolls string stapler bubble wrap glue paint trays aprons Preparation: Stick bubble wrap on some rolls, and wrap string around the …

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Autumn leaf painting

What you need: collection of leaves- not too dry or they are too brittle. I picked an hour or so before the session ready mix paints in autumnal colours- we …

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firework blow painting

Firework night painting idea

This is one of those activities where the process of the painting is better than the result! I took the photo while the painting was wet. When the paints dried, …

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Autumn fingerprint painting

Autumn tree finger print painting

You could either do individual paintings, or create an autumn forest. The first picture was the example we did in the toddler group- photocopied A4 tree, then used finger paints. …

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leaf sponge painting set

Autumn leaf sponge painting

What you need: paint in autumnal colours pots paper pen autumn leaf sponges (you could make leaf shapes potato prints or make cardboard leaf stencils) Preparation: We drew a tree …

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Sponge painting

This takes very little preparation, but be warned, it is very messy! What you need: plates or flat bottomed bowls paint in various colours¬†(you will use a lot of paint!) …

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Father’s Day ties

You can buy fabric versions of this and use fabric paints, but with such young children I decided to use card and collage bits. I used shirring elastic round the …

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Pasta necklace

What you need paint string pasta long sleeved apron bowl of water for washing hands and towel Preparation cut the string How to make your pasta necklace I found it …

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