Easter Art and Craft for Toddlers

We know Easter is going to be a bit different this year and we are super sad we can’t run our fantastic Easter art class for children in Teddington but we can still get the decorations up and get crafty with our little ones! We have a couple of activities for you to do at home: all using basic art supplies.

Easter Egg Bunting

First up is this simple Bunting activity which you can do at home really easily. You’ll need the following:

  • thick paper or card
  • scissors
  • a couple of different colours of paint
  • a baking tin or tray
  • a bouncy ball or golf ball
  • ribbon or string to hang.
bouncy ball painting equipment

First print out a number of egg shapes onto thick paper/card using this template https://www.artventurers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Printable-Easter-Egg.pdf

Next get your scissors and cut around the outline – if your child is familiar with scissors then this is a perfect opportunity to practice their scissor skills with some child friendly ones but if not then mum or dad should do this.

Get some colours ready on a palette for your little one. Light pale colours work brilliantly for Easter – you can always add some white paint into more vibrant colours to make them look more of a pastel shade.

Place the Easter egg shape into the tray and get your little one to dip the ball into the paint and then pop in the tray and move it around – it will leave a lovely pattern on the egg.

rolling a ball in a tray with paint on it

Repeat with other colours on other eggs then using a hole punch when dry – put a hole at the top of each egg. Grab your string or ribbon and thread the shapes through and hang where desired, your little artist will be so proud of their home made bunting!

Door with Easter Bunting hanging from the top

Easter Egg Potato Prints

We loved this activity using potatoes! Mum or Dad cut a good size potato in half and cut some patterns into it. We did stripes and then holes (I used the smallest end of a medicine syringe to make them). It’s a good idea to let the potato dry out a bit so that the paint doesn’t thin too much and become too watery.

potatoe printing tools including paper, paint and paint brush and potatoes

When ready hand to your little one with some paint on a plate and get them to dip the potato in it and then stamp down onto some paper. They could even use a paintbrush to paint different colours on the same potato for fun!

Fluffy Easter Chicks

How cute are these little chicks! These are so easy to do. You’ll need the following:

  • white paper or card
  • yellow and black paint
  • orange card
  • scissors
  • pva glue and glue spreader
  • paintbrush
  • cotton wool ball

Pre-cut a beak shape from your orange card then put your yellow paint in a dish and get your little one to dab their cotton wool ball into it to make a fluffy circle shape. They can probably fit a couple onto an a4 size piece of paper.

child dipping cotton wool in paint and dabbing it on paper

Then get them to glue on the beak using glue and a glue spreader. Add some black dots of paint for eyes and if they can add some straight lines for legs perfect! Makes a really cute Easter card too.

child painting eyes onto a painted chick on paper

We hope you enjoy these activities at home and we can’t wait to see you back in our art classes in Teddington after the Easter holiday! Have a fantastic Easter.

My BABY ARTventurer at HOME

My little boy is at the age now where he’d be able to attend BABY ARTventurers classes; they are the art classes for babies in Teddington aged from 6 months to 16/18 months that we are running from September, all being well.

With no classes to go to in lockdown, I decided to run a few sensory activities from our BABY ARTventurers classes (pre-Covid) at home. The benefits of sensory play for babies is manifold and you can read more about it in this great article HERE. I thought of sharing these activities with you in case you’re looking to add some creative and sensory play into your little one’s day!

Some of these activities were quite messy so I’d suggest waiting for a sunny day to do them outside. If you don’t have a tray then you can always use the bath or an empty paddling pool outside works equally as well!

COLOURED RICE

This is one of my favourite activities to do and works really well with both toddlers and babies. It’s really quick to make – you just need some uncooked rice, vinegar and some food colouring. I use a tablespoon of white wine vinegar for each two cups of rice. Put the rice in a ziplock bag and add the food colouring (I use gel food colouring), then add the vinegar and mix it all together in the bag so it’s coloured. Spread it out on some foil or backing parchment to dry (it doesn’t take long on a hot day).

Playing with rice is a fantastic way for babies to develop their fine motor skills; they will have a lot of fun trying to pick up the grains. It’s also really calming for them. For toddlers, if you add some tools into the mix they can have fun scooping and pouring. They will also love putting the rice in different containers, we used some different sized boxes which went down a hit! The rice will keep if you put in in an air tight container, so you can bring it out again for another day of fun.

RAINBOW SPAGHETTI

This one is slightly more messy but babies love it! My toddler also had loads of fun with it and even wanted to take the ‘worms’ to bed with her that night! Just cook the spaghetti as normal, drain the water and then place the spaghetti in a ziplock bag with some food colouring and a little water. Mix it all around so the spaghetti absorbs the colour and then rinse under the tap in a colander so the dye doesn’t stain as much (there will still be a little transfer so I suggest putting the baby in something which doesn’t matter if it gets a little stained). The Rainbow Spaghetti is then ready to play with!

Spaghetti play is a great sensory activity for babies, who will love the slippery feel of it on their hands and feet. Try hiding toys in the spaghetti for them to discover. For toddlers you can add utensils like tongs so they can practice picking it up. You could even add some child friendly scissors so they can practice cutting if they are at the age where you think they are ready for scissor practice!

CLOUD DOUGH

CLOUD DOUGH is a brilliant sensory play activity for babies and toddlers alike. It’s basically a sand texture made of flour and oil. It can be compressed and moulded and will provide hours of entertainment. It is pretty messy so it might be advisable to get some towels underneath the tray you’re using and don’t be wearing your best party dress for this one!

There are various variations of Cloud Dough out there but I use 8 cups of flour for 1 cup of vegetable oil and mix it all up so it provides a nice crumbly texture that will mould in your hand if you squeeze it but fall apart easily if you break it up. You can make it brown and pretend it’s soil or mud by substituting the flour for hot chocolate powder. Make sure you have some tools they can shape the sand with if they are a little older such as buckets and cookie cutters. My toddler loved making sandcastles with this one!

BABY ARTventurers

The Artventurers team are currently working on adapting our art classes so we can resume our classes safely with the social distancing measures currently in place. So for now these activities are best done at home and I hope you have fun if you try them! We are still going to be able to have heaps of creative fun in our art classes for babies in Teddington when they start. Don’t forget to sign up to the WAITING LIST so you can be the first to be able to book our classes! Click HERE to get on it!

Can’t wait to see you and your little one in class soon! xx Sidonie

Top 5 artist inspired art activities for toddlers

You are are never to young to get inspired by great art so I thought of finding 5 brilliant artists to inspire some creative fun with these simple art activities to do at home. The activities are super easy to do and can be done with basic art supplies. Me and my full of beans toddler had a lot of fun trying these out so hope you have some too!


MONDRIAN

mondrian painting

The bold primary colours used in Mondrian’s paintings appeal to both young and old and the rectangles and squares the lines create are excellent for explaining shapes to preschoolers.

For a simple Mondrian inspired activity either with black pen or with black paper strips (as in the photos) create a grid like structure.

Then with yellow, blue and red paint, ask your little artist to colour in the squares. It’s a great activity to learn how to control the brush by staying within the given lines. Make sure to use a good size piece of paper for little ones and create quite large squares and rectangles so that it’s not overly challenging for them.


JACKSON POLLOCK

A toddler can easily identify with the splashes, drips and lines of paint that Pollock creates as hey they can do it too right?!

How about getting them really excited by letting them loose with chocolate with this great idea from Tate? You’ll need a piece of A4 Acetate and preferably 3 different coloured chocolates – milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate plus 3 food bags. Now the real test – can they wait for it to set in the fridge or will they eat it straight away!

https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/make/paint-draw/make-chocolate-painting


DAMIEN HIRST

It’s no surprise Hirst’s art appeals to children; he openly admits much of his art is actually based on children’s art ideas as he says unlike adults they ‘dive in, throw it all around’. So many of his works can inspire little people but spin painting is super fun to try with young children and the results are so fantastic they will be really proud of what they create.

You’ll need a salad spinner, a couple of different colours of paint, some card and something to put underneath as you spin.

Cut the card (paper doesn’t work for this as it ends up sticking to the side of the salad spinner) into a disk to fit inside the salad spinner and add some blobs of paint. Give it a good spin and re-spin if needed. As it’s quite a quick activity I would suggest cutting several disks in advance and experimenting with different colours!


MATISSE

If your little one is ready to practice scissor skills, Matisse is a great artist to inspire, he even called his cut-outs ‘painting with scissors’. Give them some child friendly scissors to practice cutting out shapes with some coloured paper which they can then use to stick down onto a white background. If they are a little young for scissors then prepare the shapes beforehand for them and leave them with a bowl of different shapes to choose from. The Snail (Tate collection) is a great collage to show them to inspire their designs!


HELEN FRANKENTHALER

A key figure in Post-Abstract Expressionism, Helen Frankenthaler was a pioneer of a technique which consisted of staining the canvas. Her practice, which other artists assumed around the same time, became known as Colour Field Painting.

With some paper towels and some liquid watercolours you can have a great time creating your own Colour Field inspired art with your toddler! If you don’t have liquid watercolours you can easily make some with some old felt tip pens. Just put the pens in some water for a few days to soak and then you’ll have some of your own liquid watercolours ready to use!

Using child friendly pipettes drop the colour onto the towels and then hang to dry. If you haven’t got pipettes then medicine syringes work well for older children – I’d say around 3 upwards (younger than this and it’s difficult for them to control the force as they push down). It’s a great lesson in absorption for little ones – AND it will be fun for them to see kitchen towels used for something other than cleaning up their messes!

Hello Teddington – my first blog post!

Hello!

Thanks for visiting my website. I thought I’d introduce myself and ARTventurers art classes for babies, toddlers and children.

mum holding baby

My name is Sidonie, also known as Sid! I have lived in Teddington since 2017 and have two children, a little girl and boy. Before the kids came along I worked for a commercial gallery in Mayfair organising exhibitions and buying and selling paintings.

I’ve been drawn to art since an early age and just love seeing people’s creativity. Having been a full time mum for the last couple of years, I wanted to find a role which could fit in with my family life and also give me a creative outlet. I’ve been attending classes with my little girl since she was a baby, and they have been so important not just for her but for me too! I love the way they give us structure to the day and give us an activity to focus on together. I’ve also met other mums and made friends at classes. It’s really nice to see a friendly face who can commiserate when you’ve had a really rough night of sleep! I was looking for an art class locally late last year and was really surprised I couldn’t find one. It got me thinking, if I can’t find one I can start one! And that’s how I came to find ARTventurers, an award winning activity provider of art and creative play classes for babies, toddlers and children.

Why an art class?

I am passionate about the importance of art and creative play for little people but sometimes when home painting ends up like the below you can end up being slightly put off! I love that with ARTventurers classes you can have fun but leave the clearing up to someone else (er that will be me then!).

toddler and baby with paint on their hands and faces

Plus you don’t need to buy and store a million little bits at home, we provide all that for you. Art is so brilliant for everyone but for children it is paramount. The diagram below shows the many benefits of art and practising it in a safe environment with others helps children develop social skills too.

why art is great diagram

So what happens in an ARTventurers class?

We will be offering two different types of art classes for babies and toddlers in Teddington:

Baby ARTventurers is for babies from 6 months to 18 months with heaps of messy play. It is 50 minutes long.

Little ARTventurers is for toddlers from 18 months to 4 years and has more structured activities focusing on developing specific skills and exploring mediums that our Baby ARTventurers wouldn’t be ready for. These classes are an hour.

Below are some photographs of our classes to give you an idea of what goes on!

The aim of ALL our classes are to nurture and develop children’s creativity by providing them with the opportunities, guidance, inspiration and materials to explore, experiment and express themselves. All of our activities for pre-school children support the Early Learning goals and are in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Our classes are free flow and children can explore and create at their own pace and in their own time. We also incorporate singing and dancing providing a jam packed session of colourful and creative fun!

What awards have ARTventurers won?

ARTventurers have won numerous awards. In 2017, 2018 we won awards with What’s on 4 Kids and in 2019 we won Most Loved Academic/Creative Activity.

We are a fully accredited member of the Children’s Activities Association giving parents Peace of Mind. You can read more about that here

Where and when will classes start?

Weekly term time classes will start at Teddington Baptist Church in September all being well and as long as it is safe.

How can I register my interest?

Sign up to our waiting list here and I’ll keep you up to date with news as to our start date. You’ll also get priority booking if you wish to book, and a special launch offer.

So what are you waiting for! Get on our waiting list and Join The Most Colourful Class In Town!

Thanks for reading my first blog! ARTventurers are sharing lots of arty ideas on Facebook at the moment so check out my Facebook page for some art activities for you and your little ones before classes start!