Using natural items to create artwork is both fun and has a minimal impact on the environment. You can collect the following and see what you can design:
3. Flower Stems
5. Fruit and Vegetable peelings
Art experiences are important for children’s learning as it teaches independence skills. Letting them choose their objects increases their confidence and the opportunity to get your child to vocalise why they have made that decision strengthens their willingness to make choices. This art activity can also aid a child’s mathematical awareness, spatial placing, grouping items and measuring skills.
In this video Ricky will demonstrate some classic creative activities that you can do at home.
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These classic craft activities may remind parents/carers of their own childhood play. They are great for Pre-School children starting to explore concepts of time, such as the past, present and future. This is also a perfect experience to develop a child’s social skills, increasing understanding in sharing, negotiating as well as giving and receiving praise.
This is a fun activity using flowers collected from your garden, balcony or when out for a walk. All you need for this is paper - cut into a rectangle, tape and flowers.
You can stick the flowers onto the paper or pierce a hole and thread them through. You can then wrap the paper around your wrist to make a decorative bracelet which smells delightful
This natural learning experience is great to promote language development because you can name the types of flowers used. Creative activities also help young children develop their senses through exploration and discovery. This activity is great for Pre-School children to demonstrate free expression.
A exciting way to make a play-dough activity more attractive is by adding items that provoke the senses.
You can introduce the following:
1. A range of herbs
2. Dried flowers such as lavender
3. Natural food colouring - beetroot or blueberries
4. Juice from a lemon or lime
Enjoy creating your very own sensory play-dough.
Using sensory activities with our Pre-School children helps their brains to create stronger connections to sensory information and learn which are useful and which can be filtered out. We can also teach the children about the world around them, where items are sourced, grown and developed.
Spiced fish and vegetable tagine
500g whole wheat fusilli, or pasta of choice,
1tbsp Olive oil,
1 large shallot - finely chopped,
200g frozen peas
400g tinned salmon,
200g Cream cheese,
1 Lemon - zest and the juice of ½,
Small bunch chives - snipped
1. Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the whole wheat pasta according to the pack instructions.
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan, then add 1 large finely chopped shallot and cook for 5 mins or until softened.
3. Add the frozen peas, cream cheese and 100ml milk, lemon zest and juice.
4. Cook for 3-4 mins until cooked through, stir in the salmon, chives and some black pepper. Then stir through to coat the pasta and serve.