Blotto butterflies
Bubble printing
Finger painting

Arts and crafts

For many years Community Playthings' catalogues were instantly recognisable by the whimsical drawings of children that graced the front covers. This short slide show contains a tiny portion of Tabea Johnson's vast collection of artwork. It serves to remind us of the free and wonder-filled...
Kids love the chance to explore and experiment with paint and found objects.
Here's a fun, simple craft to try with young (and older!) children. Make a beautiful surprise Easter egg to brighten your home, or stick it on a card and send to a friend or relative.
There are many ways to make pompoms but this is by far the simplest and fastest method I have come across. All you need is a fork, some yarn, and a pair of scissors.
With just three folds and a cut, even a young child can create a beautiful star out of a circle of paper.
What considerations should we make in setting up the art/creative area? The art area should be near a sink and have a washable floor. Display art supplies so children can see all their choices and access materials themselves. This requires specialised shelving so items are orderly yet visible.
An eye-catching way to learn about colours
Mix a few drops of washing-up liquid, paint and a bit of water in a basin.
These stunning butterflies are easy to make. Decorate your home or let your children proudly make gifts out of them!
A lot of mess, but a lot of fun! Finger painting encourages big free movements.

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