Invitation to Create

Prompts, invitation to play / create / art are common phrases for open ended set ups that kids can discover and use the way they would like to. The prompt includes materials, medium, cutouts, moulds etc that can guide kids in their play with the provided prompt but does not define what they do with it. For example when setting up a clay prompt you can provide moulds and rollers but not define what the child should do with it. These open ended invitations allow kids to explore and have some fun with these materials, although more often than not … Continue reading Invitation to Create

One dot, two dots, three dots, more dots art

In looking to find simple, easy ways for my pre-schooler and toddler to work together on art, pointilism or dot art by The Artful Parent gave us a great start. Paints, especially water colours are one of our favourite art media mainly because the colours are so rich, a little bit goes a long way, it offers a lot of great colour options and cleans fast. Q-tips or buds are fun as both my 4 and 1 year old could hold them easily and the strokes were strong and bold. All that you need for this art activity are Paints … Continue reading One dot, two dots, three dots, more dots art

Start your Artventures on a Blank Base – why colouring books won’t work

My first child made this choice for me…no matter how hard I tried he never coloured in colouring books. Activity books weren’t his thing. He couldn’t and still doesn’t colour inside lines. He can however go berserk on a plain base of anything – white or coloured. Some of the common bases we have used are – Chart – We have worked with chart since my son was a year and a half old. Its sturdy enough for him to work with and the large surface allows him to move around and explore. We have loved colouring, painting, spraying on … Continue reading Start your Artventures on a Blank Base – why colouring books won’t work