Were at the end of week 2 of self isolation/lockdown and I don’t know about you but we have had great fun at keeping busy with lots of fun activities, especially lots of creative and ARTy fun!
Open ended messy and creative play activities can keep little ones entertained for ages! PLUS whilst they are having oddles of fun they are also learning and developing skills such as communication, fine and gross motor skills, concentration, hand-eye co-ordination, cause and effect, problem solving…the possabilities are endless!
So here are our top 10 must do creative activities to try at home during lockdown!
1. Painting with flowers and nature
head out into the garden or on a walk collect some natural resources such as twigs, flowers, leaves- then you can then enjoy painting with.
2. Homemade playdough
We love homemade playdough at ARTventurers! As long as it’s kept in an airtight container it will last a fair while enough for LOTS of creative fun. You can use store cupboard utensils such as rolling pins, cookie cutters, cupcake case or pans, cake stands (make an afternoon tea), plates, child safe knifes and spoons.
3. Gloop Fun
This has to be one of the most loved activities in our ARTventurers classes and we couldn’t not give this a try at home! It is super easy to make all you need is: 1 box of cornflour, 300ml of water and food colouring (optional). gradually add the water to the corn flour- add a little more water if needed. gloop should look like water but when you dig your hands in it should feel solid! Lots of fun and great for science too!
4. Cloud dough fun!
Another much loved activity has to be our chocolate cloud dough which is diary free too, if using cocoa powder (check ingredients first as some are not, I get mine from Aldi). You can also just use flour and oil to make plain cloud dough, perfect as an edible sand- taste safe for our littlest of ARTventurers.
5. Colouring Mixing Art Activity
We love to experiment with colours using paint. My ARTventurer loved doing this by using his hands however you could use a paint brush instead. There is so many different colours that you can make by mixing 2 colours together but why not try mixing 3 colours or even 4- I wonder what colours your little ones will make?
6. Tape Resist Painting
All you need is a canvas board or card works just as well (this is what we used for Mr ARTventurers birthday card), masking tape, scissors, paint and sponges. What you need to do first is to decide on what letter or word you would like to have on your canvas/card. Once the masking tape is done let your little one get super creative by dabbing the sponge on the canvas/card making sure you cover all over the masking tape. Leave the paint to fully dry before taking off the tape to reveal your masterpiece!
7. Threading with Cheerios
Why not use your homemade playdough? A super fun and simple activity great for little hands to develop their fine motor skills plus their concentration and hand-eye co-ordination skills. Why not extend their development further by introducing mathematical language such as counting and measure e.g. tall and short.
8. Shaving foam ‘Cement and blocks’
All you need is a can of shaving foam and some wooden building blocks. We’ve used a tuff tray put a plastic ‘storage box’ would work well or why not use the bath (super easy to wash away afterwards). You can add household utensils such as spatulas to aid with their building. Using the foam as cement let your littles ones imagination run wild as the build and create their masterpieces.
9. Painting with cars-Process Art
Such a fun process art activity! If you have a slide you could put the paper on the slide and dot paint on the paper and allow your little one to zoom the cars down the slide-great fun. Also why not have a go with painting with dinosaurs, dulpo blocks and farm animals too!
10. Blow Art Painting
For this activity you need some water down paint, straw and paper. Drip the paint onto the paper using a spoon or pipette. Then using the straw blow the paint around the paper to create some crazy patterns. Add some more colours too and see what happens! Then once the paint is dry, use the pen to make your painty shapes into a crazy monster or any creature you wish!
I hope you have as much fun as we did when enjoying these activities at home!