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Art and Crafts

Below are four art ideas for you to do with your child. Do these activities with your child, Have FUN, get messy, take photos and remember it’s all about the process, don’t worry about the end product.


Food Painting


You will need:

  • Different fruit, vegetables, spices etc. from around your house e.g. tin tomatoes, turmeric, peppers etc.

What to do:

  • Encourage your child to pick different fruits, vegetables etc. from those you have found
  • Get them to mark make on a piece of paper using the different items e.g. put chopped tomatoes onto the paper and spread them around using your hands
  • Once they have used one item get encourage them to choose something else to use, e.g. squash a pepper onto the picture
  • When your child has finished take a photo of the art.
  • Once it is dry you can keep the picture for a short amount of time.



Garden Collage


You will need:

  • Items out of your garden
    • Leaves
    • Twigs
    • Grass etc.

          What to do:

  • Go outside into your garden and find different autumnal objects
  • Place them all out on a surface so your child can see them
  • Encourage your child to choose different items and place them onto a piece of paper however they want
  • Once they have made their collage, take a photograph
  • Take off all of the pieces and start again, make different pictures using different items you have collected
  • Always take a photo once your child has put as many items down as they want.




You will need:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar (oil)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Food Colouring (optional)


What to do:

  • Stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a bowl. Next add the water and the oil. If making one colour, add the food colouring now as well.
  • Heat in the microwave, stirring until the dough has thickened.
  • Allow to cool then knead.
  • Encourage your child to help measure the ingredients and pour them into the bowl.
  • Give them a choice of colours (if you have food colouring!) to add to their mix.
  • Once made, encourage your child to make different shapes with the playdough such as rolling into a sausage or squeezing into a ball. You can also encourage them to cut it with a knife.
  • If you are feeling adventurous, you could try and make some of your child’s favourite things with them using the playdough (e.g. peppa pig)



Big Bubbles


You will need:

  • A mixing bowl (washing up bowl will do)
  • A whisk (either hand whisk or electric mix)
  • Warm or cold water
  • Washing up liquid, bubble bath, shampoo etc.
  • Food Colouring


What to do:

  • Half fill your bowl with water.
  • Squirt in some soap (the more you add, the more bubbles you will get!)
  • Add the food colouring.
  • Whisk the mix to make the bubbles.
  • Encourage your child to help you mix the bubble mix.
  • Once mixed, scoop off the bubbles and encourage your child to play with the bubbles. They can make different marks in them or just make a big old mess1


Animal Printing


What you will need:

  • Small animals (or any other small plastic toy)
  • Paint
  • Paper


What to do:

  • Encourage your child to make a choice of what toy they want to paint with.
  • Give them a choice of colour to paint with.
  • Squirt some paint onto a plate and encourage your child to make marks in the paint with the animal. They are then to make marks onto the paper.
  • Join in and make some marks yourself and encourage your child to copy you.
  • Encourage your child to grasp the animal and make marks on their own.
  • ** If you have no paint, you can make the marks in playdough, flour etc instead. **


Rainbow Bread


What I need:


Food Colouring 

Paint Brushes 

Bread (white works best - it's the one time of year we buy white bread).


What to do:

Step 1 

Add several drops of food colouring to milk and stir.  I mixed red and yellow to make orange and blue and red to make purple. 


Step 2

Dip your paintbrushes into the coloured milk and add the colours to the slice of bread to make your rainbow.