Category: Painting

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?

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.


Here at Aston Childcare, painting is a very popular activity and one that we enjoy regularly. I know some childminders shy away from it due to the inevitable mess it can make but not so here!

To keep it fun and interesting, we enjoy doing lots of different types of painting including – printing (such as potato printing), Large scale painting, Finger printing, Hand print painting, water painting and mess free paint bags.

The opportunities for developing children’s learning are endless which is why I like to ensure painting is accessible to children throughout the week.

Here are just some of the reasons why painting is so important –

  • Painting helps develop children’s creative development and stimulates their brain.
  • It allows children to freely express themselves and develop their creativity. Young children can use their bodies to move around exploring as they go.
  • Painting can provide children with vast amounts of learning, this may be developing their fine pincer grip or learning about colour mixing. Large-scale painting is great for developing social skills.
  • Painting is a tactile sensory experience.
  • Children will often show their feelings through their marks.

As with any activity it is our role as childminders to scaffold the children’s learning and help them reach their full potential.

Areas of Learning covered: Communication & Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Expressive Arts and Design

Messy Play: Potato printing

This afternoon the children enjoyed one of those classic childhood activities – potato printing. It’s fun, creative, not to mention messy!

I had some potatoes that were past their best in my cupboard and was keen to put them to good use! Unfortunately my carving skills weren’t up to much but they did the job!

The children loved picking up the potatoes and squishing them into the paint and then stamping them down on to the card.

I recently did some training on ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning:  Creating and Thinking Critically’ which reminded me that the focus on the pieces of work my mindees provide shouldn’t be on them looking perfect for parents because it can interrupt a child’s thought process. With this in mind, I sat back and let them do their own thing avoiding the need to step in to help them create the “perfect print”.

Once they had covered their pieces of card there were chants of “more, more!” which I took to mean that they were actively involved and enjoying what they were doing (Characteristics of Effective Learning)

My son soon decided to stick his whole hand in the paint and do hand print painting instead(!) which we had done a couple of weeks previously.

Areas of learning covered: Communication & Language, Physical Development, Expressive Arts and Design, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy and Maths.

Characteristics of Effective Learning: Active Learning: Being involved and concentrating, Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Large scale painting

Here at Aston Childcare we do quite a few structured arts and crafts activities (ie making a pumpkin because it’s Halloween or making poppies because it’s remembrance day) so it’s nice to give the children an opportunity to make marks themselves with no guidance on what the end product should be. So today we did just that with some large scale painting. It’s important as childminders that we provide opportunities for making marks both inside and outside on different surfaces and on a large scale. This is especially beneficial for reluctant writers as it gives them an opportunity to make marks in an unstructured way and to give meaning to their marks which is all good preparation for writing.

Children gave meaning to their marks “this is an aeroplane”, “this is a jet” and became immersed in their own imaginary world as they got painting which was lovely to observe.

Areas of Learning covered: Communication & Language, Expressive Arts and Design, Physical Development (fine motor skills)