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Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • Super Sensory Bottles & Sensational 3D Snow Paint!

     

    From birth children learn about the world by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing and hearing, so why not carry that over into your setting? These two wonderful crafts allow children to use all their senses, investigate the materials used and have amazing, super duper fun!

     

     


     

    Jingle Bell Bottles!

    Sensory or discovery bottles are great for all ages. Smaller children will love to look at them and watch all of the pretty colours and shapes. Older children will love to experiment with different contents and ways of moving them. Our littlest, "B", is three years old, took one look and said, "WOW, a Christmas tree in a bottle!"

     

    Christmas Sensory bottle Christmas in a bottle

    What do we need:

    • Clean empty plastic bottles in various sizes
    • Musical bells
    • Glitter pom poms
    • Glitter
    • Sparkles
    • Spangles or different shapes

     

    terials for Sensory Bottle Everything you need for Christmas in a bottle

    Instructions:

    • Put the materials into the bottles - we used bells, glitter pom poms and various spangles
    • Add glitter (we used a funnel!)
    • Fill the bottle with cold water
    • Put the lid on (you can secure it with glue)
    • Shake and watch!

     

    Making the Sensory Bottle Choosing the ingredients!

     

    Differentiation:

    • You can make your own variation or let children fill the bottles themselves
    • Let children fill the bottle with water using a jug and funnel
    • Discuss displacement of water
    • Explore ways of moving the bottles to see how the effect changes
    • Talk about heavy and light items, floating and sinking
    • Hold up to the light and discuss how light reflects through the water
    • Once the bottles have stood for a few days, discuss why the water may have changed colour (we found the glitter poms turned the water a pretty pink!)
    • Use magnets to pull the bells around the bottles - we found magnetic whiteboard erasers worked well.
    • Shake the bottle, can you hear the bells?

     

    Magnetic Sensory Bottles Moving the jingle bells with magnets

     

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, science, problem solving and reasoning

     


    Super 3D Snow Paint

    This is just amazing - it feels great to play with and then dries to a squishable painting! The little ones will love playing with it, whilst the older kids will love to paint pictures and see the paint change as it dries!

     

    Cheeky chappie! Cheeky chappie!

    What do we need:

    • Shaving Foam (fragrance free and sensitive is best)
    • Washable PVA glue (blue label)
    • Paint brush
    • Glitter (we used iridescent for that frozen effect!)
    • Card
    • Peppermint esscence

     

    Mix, mix, ,mix Mix, mix, ,mix

    Instructions

    • Decide where you want to do your mixing - we used a paint tray, but a bowl or sand tray will work fine. It's easy to clean up.
    • Squirt in your shaving foam (How does it expand?)
    • Add a roughly equal amount of washable PVA glue
    • Mix! You can do this with a paint brush, spatula or even hands!
    • When it is fully mixed you are ready to go
    • We then added iridescent glitter to get a real snowy feel! You can add any colour of glitter
    • We also added green ready mix poster paint to create our Christmas tree
    • In one batch we added peppermint essence!
    • Once you have your mixture you can create your image, you can pile it up using spreaders and paint brushes
    • Put in cutters to get a specific shape or go free hand!
    • Leave to dry overnight
    • It will keep its height  and puffiness when dry - amazing!

     

    The finished snowman and tree The finished snowman and tree

     

    Differentiation:

    • Let children add the shaving foam and glue - can they use the bottles, can they estimate the equal amounts?
    • Allow the children to do the mixing - can they see the texture change as its mixed? Can they describe how it feels?
    • Discuss what items you can add to the mix
    • Use dough cutters to create shapes  or draw shapes
    • Once dry, use card offcuts for decoration (we made some buttons, a hat, a carrot nose and a smiley face!)
    • Talk about the small of the peppermint essence and what other smells you could add.

     

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, science, problem solving and reasoning

     

     

    Children will love to use their creative juices to alter and change these activities. They would work great at all times of the year - what about 3D bug pictures or summer in a bottle?

     

    Join us next week for Christmas tree crafts....

  • Seasons Cheer and Creative Christmas Cards

     We’re one week closer to Christmas, and as promised, we've got some fab Christmas craft ideas for children to get stuck into!

    It’s never too early to think about making Christmas cards in your setting and we’ve got some great ideas involving glitter, sparkly sequins, Christmas stencils and sponges (we even added some goggly eyes to our festive Father Christmas!)

     

    In addition to our super fun Christmas cards, we made some fantastic festive bunting with art straws, twinkly stars and glorious glitter (we’ve been busy bees this week!)

    Each of our fun-filled crafts are really easy to make and help the children in your setting add a special touch to their masterpieces.


     

     Bold Christmas Cards!

    These cards are so easy to make and really, really effective. They can be made using festive sponges or festive cutters.

    Final photo 1 See, you just need a few things...

     

    What do we need:

    • Card
    • Festive Sponges
    • Festive Cutters
    • Glitter/Glitter Pens
    • Pens / Pencils
    • Glue/Glue Spreaders/Glue Brushes
    • Stickers or sequins to decorate

     

    Instructions

    • Fold your card in half to make a greeting card
    • Place the card on a larger piece of paper to allow you to catch the excess glitter
    • Christmas cutters - Draw around the outside of the shape and paint inside the shape with PVA glue
    •  Christmas sponges - Dip the sponge into glue so one face is completely covered and then place on the card to leave a lovely gluey shape
    • Sprinkle, throw and pour glitter on to the glue
    • Lift up the card, shake and tap on the paper
    • You should be left with a lovely glittery shape
    • Collect the left over glitter from you paper and pour back
    • Add more decorations to your card or just let it speak for itself.
    • An alternative to add more details is to apply the glue section by section - you can use different coloured glitter in each section

     

    making glitter block cards Easy and quick to make

    Differentiation

    • For an easier and quicker craft, use the Christmas sponges.
    • The Christmas cutters are great for developing fine motor skills
    • Paint the glue on to the sponge so you can use different colours of glitter
    • Add other embellishments to personalise the image
    • Add one of our little verses and discuss why we send cards.

     

    glitter Christmas Cards Here's a few we made earlier

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Fine motor skills, expressive arts and design, developing knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, literacy, creative development, physical development, communication and language 

     


     

    Easy to make Garlands

     

    There is nothing better than making something that you can show off. All children like to see their work displayed, and this easy Christmas garland is a great way to do it.

    We think it would be great to show Christmas wishes as well!

    Str Garland Hopefully Jack will get his bike....

    What do we need:

    • String
    • Stars - pre-cut or card to cut them from
    • Hole punch
    • Straws- we used Artstraws but drinking straws will work fine.
    • Glitter and other embellishments
    • Pens / Pencils
    • PVA Glue or glue sticks

     

    Instructions

    • Hole punch the stars on one point
    • Wishes and messages should be written on the star at this stage
    • Decorate the stars - we left some blank and decorated others with glitter and snowflake sequins
    • Cut your length of string
    • Cut the straws to the length you want the stars spaced
    • Thread one star through the string and then through the straw. Move on to the next star
    • Keep adding stars along the length of your string, spacing with the straws as you go
    • To secure the string, loop it back and attach it to the last straw with sticky tape

     

    Star Garland Making So quick and easy

     

    Differentiation

    • Let children punch the holes
    • Supply pre-cut stars or let children cut out their own shapes using a template
    • Use stickers to add messages
    • Practice the threading - it is great for fine motor skills
    • Use different colour straws to discuss repeating patterns

     

    Finsihed star garland One starry night....

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world,  problem solving and reasoning, literacy, communication and language 

     


     

    We hope that everyone appreciates the cards when you send them home and has a big smile on their face when they see the festive garlands in your setting......

    Join us  next week for some calming sensory crafts -  brilliant for when the kids are getting a bit too excited about Santa's visit....

  • Christmas Music Makers

     

    It's easy to get carried away making decorations and cards for the various festivals at this time of year,  so we thought why not be a bit different? In this week's blog, we are looking at musical crafts that can be used to support festival teaching.

    All of our celebratory crafts are super fun and easy  to make - you've also got the option of differentiating each one!


     

    Shakers!

     

    Making your own shaker is a great way to talk about sounds and use different movements to create different sounds. What's more, the shakers are also really easy to make.

     

    Christmas Music Makers Don't they look festive?

    What do we need:

    • Cardboard tubes (empty paper rolls work or try these modelling rolls!)
    • Tissue paper - sheets or shapes
    • Paint / pens
    • Elastic bands
    • Stickers or sequins to decorate
    • Rice, beads, bells and various other items to fill the tube with.

     

    Materials for Christmas Shakers Beads, rice, bells - how many ways can we make music?

    Instructions

    • Decorate your tube with paint or stick on tissue paper
    • Use tissue circles/squares (or cut your own from tissue paper) to cover the ends of the tube
    • Place the tissue shape over one end of the tube and hold in place with an elastic band.
    • Put in your shells, rice or other materials
    • Turn over and put a tissue shape over the other end so the shaker is secure.
    • The tube can then be decorated with sparkly sequins and collage materials.
    • After decorating you're ready to shake, rattle and roll!
    Adding beads to music shaker One by one ...

    Differentiation

    • Let children make the tissue paper caps to seal  the shakers - drawing round the ends and estimating how much larger the paper needs to be
    • Discuss the different materials that could be used inside the shaker
    • What sounds will different materials make? Create a tune to be played to friends or as part of the nativity play.
    • How does the sound change depending on how the shaker is moved?

     

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Fine motor skills, expressive arts and design, developing knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, literacy, creative development, physical development

     

     


     

    Musical Bracelets and Jingle Sticks!

    These little music makers are not only great for developing motor skills, they can also be used for Diwali celebrations!

    Muscial Pipe Cleaner Bracelet Jingle bell, jingle bells

    What do we need:

    • Pipecleaners
    • Musical bells
    • Craft Sticks
    Materials for muscial sticks and bracelets Getting everything ready!

    Instructions

    • Thread the bells on to the pipecleaners
    • For bracelets bend into a circle and secure
    • For jingle sticks wrap around craft sticks
    One bell, two bells, three bells One bell, two bells, three bells

    Differentiation

    • Let children thread the bells - using as many or little as they like
    • Bend the pipe cleaners into shapes other than a circle?
    • Talk about the how the sound will change depending on how many bells you use
    • Use coloured bells to create repeating patterns
    • Try different ways of the attaching the pipe cleaner to the craft stick
    • Wear the bracelets and move around to explore how moving can change the sound - great for Diwali dancing
    Musical Sticks Now you just need to shake it, shake it

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world,  problem solving and reasoning

     


     

    Homemade Harmoncia!

    This is more suited to older children, but the result is great so it is well worth a try!

    Home made Harmonica Right we are ready to go

    What do we need:

    • Craft Sticks - wide or standard
    • Elastic Bands
    • Paper - printer paper is fine
    • Craft match sticks
    Making a Harmonica Lots of fingers needed here

    Instructions

    • Cut a piece of paper to the size of the craft sticks - trace round the stick to get the shape
    • Place the paper between the two sticks (you may need to cut the paper down before you do this)
    • Secure both ends with an elastic band
    • Slide the craft match sticks, between the two craft sticks on the inside of the elastic band (you may need to cut to size if you are using narrow craft sticks)
    • One match stick should be on top of the paper and the other one should be under.
    • Create some soulful music!
    Finished Harmonica And we decorated it !

    Differentiation

    • Have the paper pre-cut or let children cut it themselves.
    • The securing of the sticks with the elastic bands can be fiddly so let them try, but you may need to step in.
    • Try blowing air through the side to create a sound
    • Try sucking air through the side to create a sound.
    • Will using different size craft sticks change the sound?
    • Why does it make a sound when air is passed through it?
    • Decorate the finished harmonica

     

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world,  problem solving and reasoning, science

     


    Lots of musical instruments Cover your ears...

    So that's it lots of great musical instruments.. great for gross motor activity, burning off excess energy, trying Diwali dancing or shaking along to Christmas carols!

     

    Come back next week for great tips on making Christmas cards to send home to parents/carers.

  • Crafty Kids at Christmas

     

    The Christmas period is a great time of year for getting creative  whilst ticking all those record keeping boxes!  Within your setting, children can create some lovely decorations to put on display or to take home as presents. We love coming up with crafty ideas to inspire you, so without further ado, here's the first one!

     

    Reindeer Picture Frame

    IMG_39867 This is our friend, Roger the Reindeer

    What do we need:

    • Craft sticks (lollysticks!) - coloured or plain
    • PVA glue and sticky tape
    • Pom poms
    • Pipe cleaners
    • Brown paper or card
    • Googly eyes
    • Paint or felt tips
    • Ribbon or string
    • A photograph or picture you would like to frame

     

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    Instructions

    • Use felt tips or paint to colour in the craft sticks
    • Once dry, glue the sticks into a rectangle, leaving an overlap for the legs.
    • Glue the face, ears and tail in place, add the googly eyes and a pom pom for the nose.
    • Next twist the pipe cleaners into antler shapes. Stick them to the back of the head with tape.
    • Once dry you can add your picture or photograph to the back and cover with a piece of card so that it stays sturdy.
    • Before sticking down, remember to add the child's name or a 'Merry Christmas' message on the back of the card.

     

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    Differentiation

    • Use coloured lolly sticks rather than colouring them in
    • Draw the reindeer body shapes  or let then children have a go
    • Have a selection of reindeer features ready to go or encourge children to cut out their own
    • Antlers can be bent to any shape that makes someone happy!
    • Have a pre-printed Happy Christmas message ready to stick down or let them write their own message
    • Let children add their own name, or trace over a pre-written version

     

    IMG_0402 Making some antlers for Roger the Reindeer

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Fine motor skills, expressive arts and design, developing knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, literacy

     

    We also made a few other tree decorations out of craft sticks! Have a go and see what else you can make with such an economical craft product!

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    Christmas Wrapping Paper

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    What do we need:

    • Large sheets of paper - sugar is great!
    • Assorted washable paints
    • Paintbrushes
    • Rollers, printers, sponges and mark making tools
    • Christmas and nativity stencils

     

    2015-10-1109.35.34 Why do we need washable paints?

    Instructions

    • Lay out your large paper sheet - secure it with some masking tape
    • Dip your stamps or rollers into the paint and then press down onto the paper to create patterns
    • Use stencils to paint more detailed designs
    • Once dry the paper can then be used to wrap presents with!

     

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    The great thing about this activity is that children of all ages can enjoy it - as long as you don't mind getting messy you're ready to go!

    Differentiation

    • Use hands! They make great stamps!
    • Use our specially designed Christmas sponge stamps to create a festive storyboard
    • Encourage children to create repeating patterns.
    • Add words..
    • Use our fantastic multi- pattern Christmas roller to experiment with patterns!

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    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, developing imagination and creativity, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics

     

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    Here at BCreative, we love seeing what you've been up to with our products! So if you have any photographs of your arts and crafts don't hesitate to drop us a line - you might even see your work on our next blog post!

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