Kids Love Hand Painting

Creative hand painting

Aside from drawing and coloring, hand-painting can be a joyful experience for a toddler, allowing them to have more space for creativity and thereby paving their way to create unique works of art specific to their imagination.kids activities

Hand-painting is a rewarding experience, since it builds color and shape recognition skills, allowing your child to explore their sense of touch and feel with different textured materials. It is also great for fine-tuning their motor skills.

Individual Creativity

Hand-painting allows your child to explore all the different senses… touch, smell, feel, sight.  A child’s hand painting will always be unique to them because they explore their own individuality to create a unique result.

With a little imagination and exploring a range of different methods, you can create amazing artworks with your child. And the great thing about hand and finger paintings is, in being unique, they’ll feature your child’s individual fingerprints!

What you need…

  • A quiet place to paint
  • White paper
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Suitable paints that are safe to use and will wash off easily
  • A cover-all plastic raincoat or apron to protect the child’s clothing
  • Clean-up cloth and bucket with water for wiping up

Make sure you and your grandchild have fun and…

Be prepared for things to get a bit messy!

Colourful Cardboard Animal Heads

Cutting out

These fantastic animal heads are made from nothing more than cereal boxes, newspaper, flour paste, and paint—

It’s a simple project that you will love doing because it expands the creative imagination of the children.

To transform your cereal box into a colourful animal you will need…

  • Small or medium cereal boxesAnimal heads
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Newspaper
  • Tempera paint

First, make up some papier-maché paste… Combine 11/2 cups water and 1 cup flour; stir vigorously. Add 1/3 cup white glue and mix well. (You’ll need about 11/2 cups of paste per animal.)

  1. Then start with the cereal box. From the bottom, cut halfway up each corner seam with scissors.
  2. To shape the animal’s face, cut a curve into the bottom half of the front and back panels. (Make it pointier for a fox, rounder for a dog or a bunny.)
  3. Use masking tape to attach the side flaps along each edge. Trim excess.
  4. Cut out ears from a second cereal box and attach them to the animal head with masking tape.
  5. Use white glue to attach tightly crumpled balls of newspaper to the head for eyes and/or a nose.
  6. Tear newspaper into strips and squares that are roughly 2 to 4 inches wide.
  7. Dip the paper into the papier-maché paste, and smooth strips onto the animal head.
  8. Continue adding paper until all sections are covered with a few layers. Let it dry overnight.
  9. Decorate head with tempera paint, adding paper whiskers and eyelashes with white glue.
  10. Use hot glue to attach an unfolded paper clip to the back for hanging.

HOME

Easter Chicken Project

Easter paper chick

Make these cute little paper chicks for Easter…

Little chickens have long been a favourite decoration during Easter.   Here is a lovely little Easter project you could do with your child.

Easter paper chick
Easter paper chick

This was a fun activity that I enjoyed doing with my three-year-old grandson prior to Easter this year.

He helped me to cut out the yellow rectangles for the chicken pattern and the beak. He also helped me to stick on the eyes, wings and feet and we had a ball!

We created the face of the chicken, placing a small blob of glue for the goggle eyes that he placed very carefully on top of the glue. Then we also glued the beak, only sticking on half of the folded cut out paper beak.  His tiny fingers were able to stick these carefully. He is a child who pays attention to detail but not all children can do this so carefully.

What you will need…

  • plastic to cover your table

  • yellow paper and orange paper

  • goggle eyes

  • pink and black markers (textas)

  • yellow and orange pipe cleaners

  • quick drying clear craft glue

  • scissors

Instructions

  1. To make the beak, cut out a rectangle (3cm x 1cm) and fold it in half across the long side.

Craft ideas for kids
Make a chicken beak
  • Then cut it to form a diamond shape.

  • Fold the diamond shape in half to form the beak, making the beak 1.5cm long.

  • Stick only the bottom half onto the body of the chicken.

  • Lay out the yellow body shape (18cm x 7cm).

  • Arts and Crafts for Kids
    Easy construction
  • Add the pink cheeks and black eyebrows, using pink texta and thin black marker.

  • Turn the body over and carefully punch two holes 4cm from each end of the body shape, half way down, just big enough for the pipe cleaner to pass through. (Refer to the photograph).

  • Take one yellow pipe cleaner, 30cm long.

  • Cut off 8cm, cut it in half to form the two top feathers, each 4cm long.

  • Run the pipe cleaner into one hole from front to back and then back through the other hole to the front

  • Then fold each end back on itself and push the ends into the holes to create the chicken’s little wings.

  • From the orange pipe cleaner, cut six 4cm pieces

  • Turn the flat body over and glue the pipe cleaner pieces on a slight angle to create the feet, each foot having 3 toes.

  • Allow the glue to dry.

  • When finished and the glue is completely dry, turn the chicken over. Bend it into a circle and tape the back with sticky tape.

  • If dry, bend the toes forward and splay slightly to form three toes on each foot.

  • When all is finished and dry, a small Easter egg can be placed in the top, to complete the decoration.

  • The Meaning of Easter

    While you are enjoying the Easter craft activities, it is a good time to talk to the children about the traditions of Easter… why we celebrate Easter.

    Where does the tradition of Easter eggs and rabbits and chickens come from and why do we celebrate Easter?

    It’s a chance for you to talk about old traditions, why we celebrate Easter and how it has developed over the years… how other children all over the world celebrate Easter.

    And what you as a teacher or grandparent did when you were younger.

    Or, if the child is not sure, you can explain the Christian meaning of Easter.

    Have fun making your paper Easter chickens.  You could make several and put them in a little basket for display.

    Happy Easter!

    Art plays an important role in the development of a child’s brain

    Children drawing

    When children are creating with art, they are developing the right side of the brain. This is important for developing their self-expression and thought patterns. It is exciting to watch a child when they pick up a paint brush and freely paint using many different colours to express themselves and to see the delight on their face at the end result. They develop new communication skills. This newfound ability can open up to a child a wonderful avenue of self-expression through art.

    Children develop through art activitiesplaydough activities

    When a child explores through doing art and craft activities they are learning  and trying different things. When a child is freely exploring art through the many different mediums and activities on their own, their uninhibited self-expression allows them to experiment and discover new possibilities.

    Problem solving

    When children are using different art media, they are developing their problem-solving skills. When they mix different colours together, they find that new colours emerge. When cutting several pieces of wool or string, they realise they can be completely different sizes, hard or soft and when these pieces are glued to card they can create various patterns or shapes.  Children are problem solving as they learn new creative skills.

    Creative self-expression

    Children learn quickly that when trying these new found skills they can freely express their thoughts and ideas as well, when talking about their creative art piece.  Many physiologists use the creative arts to help children express their thoughts, feeling and emotions and work through them using different art media.  

    Creative self-expression is a wonderful way to express freely these thoughts and feelings.

    The Origin of the Easter Bunny

    Easter Bunny

    The origins of the Easter bunny are somewhat of a mystery. One thought is that they stem from an old pagan tradition celebrating the goddess of fertility. The name of the Germanic fertility goddess was Ēostre.  The sacred animal was the hare. Hares were profuse breeders; hence they became a symbol of fertility.  Over time the hare was replaced by a rabbit that became known as the Easter Bunny who hid colored eggs at Easter.

    Why Easter eggs?easter craft ideas

    Pagan Anglo-Saxons had held feasts in Ēostre’s honour, but this tradition was replaced by the Christian Paschal month, a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.  Easter is a religious holiday and the Easter eggs are a representation of Jesus’ emergence from the tomb to his resurrection.  Eggs were and still are representative of new life and the decorating of eggs for Easter dates back many hundreds of years to the 13th century. Churches encouraged their followers to abstain from eating eggs and to paint and decorate them instead, during the time of Lent… then allowing them to eat them once again on Easter.The origins of Easter
    Easter is a very important time on the religious calendar and is celebrated widely around the world, having grown out of the ancient symbol of fertility and new life.  The egg is associated with spring and “fertility”, “rebirth” and “the beginning”.  With a rise in Christianity across Western Europe, many pagan customs and beliefs were adopted into Christian tradition. The egg was a symbol of new life represented by the Resurrection.

    Easter Traditions across the Atlantic

    Immigrants brought their traditions with them when they decided to migrate to new lands.   New continents were being discovered and new traditions were developing. The earliest Easter Eggs were painted with different vegetable dyes and were duck or hen eggs.  Flowers and baskets were a later addition.  These varying customs eventually spread, along with the fabled Easter Rabbit. These customs developed into the famous morning Easter hunt for multicoloured Easter Eggs, along with other candy ones.  Decorated Easter baskets became essential to collect these special eggs, replacing the original nests. Carrots are also sometimes left out the night before to entice the hungry Easter bunny to add additional eggs and so that he would not get hungry while jumping around the garden.Easter bunny

    Family Easter fun

    The painting of Easter eggs is still a strong tradition and quite fun to do with children. It’s easy to do, but only paint hard boiled cooked eggs.
    Easter crafts
    Children love to paint and cut out Easter shaped eggs and decorate Easter egg cartons along with straw like decoration.
    Easter craft projects
    This is a picture of my 3-year-old grandson’s decorated painted cardboard Easter egg carton.  We had so much fun using various colours and blending different colours together. Some of them we placed in a cut-out green basket, rolled together, that stood up on the table. We had a lovely three hours of bonding, chatting, and painting while he was using his skills of drawing, painting and cutting out shapes which he does extremely well. I allowed him to experiment and explore his creative side. It’s such a fun activity to do for Easter.

    Easter craft projects

    The origins of the famous Fabergé  Egg

    Other Easter traditions…

    Chocolate eggs and hot-cross buns.