Are you thinking of doing an Easter Egg Hunt in the garden or around the house this Easter? Create an Easter Basket that your little ones can use to pop in their yummy treats that they find during the egg hunt.
what will you need for your Easter Basket?
2 Paper Plates
Paint Pens (you can find these in The works) or Crayons
Ribbon or string
A grown-ups help will be needed for this step as it can be a bit tricky. Using the scissors cut a hole in the top half of each plate making sure you don’t go right to the end. This will be the handle of your basket.
Using the paint pens or crayons let your little one get creative by making marks on the plates. Only one side of each plate needs to be decorated but if they want to do both that is absolutely fine too! You can add stickers on at this stage too.
You may need to wait for the paint pens to dry. Then it will be time to punch holes around the outside of the plates for the ribbon to thread trough. Top Tip: place the plates together to do this so that the holes are in the same place on each plate. Younger children may need a little support on the next step which is to tread the ribbon around the plate so that the plates stay together to form a basket. (The bottom of the plates should be facing the outside so that a pocket is created in the middle). Once you have threaded the ribbon through all the holes, finish off with a bow to secure it.
Now your little one can place the shredded paper into the pocket of the basket. just so that is reaches the top of the basket. All there is to do now is keep your finished Easter Basket safe ready for Easter Sunday when you can use it to go on an Easter Egg Hunt around the garden or the house. Why not use our FREE ARTventurers Printable Easter Egg Hunt!
I hope you have enjoyed creating an Easter Bakset with your little one. For more art activities to enjoy with your little ones join our Community Facebook group here
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!
Looking for homemade paints that are super safe for your little one? A paint that is easy to make from your cupboard and your little one will love too?
Our simple homemade paint recipes have to be the easiest out there and will keep the kids entertained during our time at home during lockdown. Plus they are taste safe for even the smallest artist! Just remember to screen for allergies and intolerances.
This week we had one of our super special sessions – ‘My First ARTventure’ which is a gentle introduction into our sparkly, colourful, often messy classes for babies aged 3-6months. I took along our fabulous edible paint which went down a treat with both our teeny artists and their mummy’s! So i thought I would share our super easy recipe with you all 🙂
Edible paint recipe
1 cup of corn flour 1/2 cup of cold water
2 cups of boiling water
Liquid food colouring
Method: Mix the cornflour with the cold water and stir together. Pour in the boiling water and stir between each cup. It goes really strange but keep stirring and it turns into a custardy type consistency. If you aren’t getting the right consistency try a little bit more cornflour or put it over the heat on your hob to warm it up a little whilst stirring. Now your ready to separate into individual containers and stir in a drop or two of food colouring to colour.
Now its time to have lots of colourful creative, messy, painty fun! Just like one of our teeny artists 🙂
Stacey has a BA Hons in Early Years and runs our award winning ARTventurers art classes for babies, toddlers and children in the Mansfield, Southwell and Sutton-in-Ashfield area- plus creative birthday parties and events too! We’re all about learning and development through art and creative play- lots of opportunities to create, explore, paint, sing and dance…and make messy memories together! So if you are looking for a creative class for your baby and toddler then pop over to Stacey’s website to find out where her classes run in Mansfield, Southwell and Sutton-in-Ashfield!