Category: Arts and Crafts

Bonfire Night

Bonfire night is always a fun annual commemoration to explore with the kids. The children were busy after school today creating these fun firework pictures. Aren’t they great?!

Halloween Themed Arts and Crafts

The children have been loving their Halloween themed Arts and Crafts the past week or so. We try not to start too early to avoid Halloween fatigue setting in! We’ve read spooky Halloween themed books, coloured pumpkin masks, painted and coloured fun, hanging bats and enjoyed lots of spooky stickers!

These were all enjoyed by children ages 2, 4, 5 and 6.

Stickers and Bats from our favourite Arts and Crafts suppliers Baker Ross.

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Autumn Arts and Crafts: Pinecone painting

As part of our Autumn Themed Arts and Crafts, we recently enjoyed some pinecone painting. My mindees aged 2 years old and 1 years old both gave this a go. Whilst the 2 year old absolutely loved it the 1 year old wasn’t quite so sure!

I love the results, don’t you?

Childminder Activities: Autumn Arts and Crafts

The children have been busy with lots of Autumnal Arts and Crafts. These lovely felt and glitter leaf shaped stickers used in these lovely pictures were from our favourite Arts and Crafts supplies Baker Ross

Aren’t they lovely!

Arts and Crafts for all ages

One of the most challenging tasks as a childminder, is entertaining children of different ages. I find that Arts and Crafts are a great way of including everyone, whatever their age.

Whilst I supply all the necessary tools and materials to make and produce a craft, the older children can complete the activity all by themselves, however intricately they wish, whilst younger ones may prefer to enlist my help with tricky cutting and sticking. Meanwhile, babies and toddlers can enjoy the sensory and messy play experience of handling different materials and gluing and sticking.

These card wreaths for instance were enjoyed by a 5 year old and a 2 year old:

And these pirate chests and swords were created by a 10 year old and a 4 year old.

easy craft ideas for children
easy craft ideas for children

Painting with babies and toddlers

Here at Aston Childcare, painting is always a big hit with the children.

Because I take children on from babies quite often their first ever painting will be done here and it’s lovely to give these to their proud parents at the end of the day.

Finger painting is a great way to introduce babies to painting. Edible paints and washable paints are good to start off with.

Painting is not only fun for the kids but helps stimulates their brains too. Process Art (Where it’s all about the process and not the end product) is also a great way to foster creativity in children too.