Bestsellers - READY MIX PAINT
BCreative's Poster Paints
We have a huge selection of colours and styles of ready mix paints available.
‘All ages’ paints (300ml bottles): These are especially designed for under 3 year olds with special flip top lids, very easy to store. They come in 13 colours, black, blue, brown, green, orange, peach, pink, purple, red, turquoise, white, yellow and orange.
Fully Washable Paints (500ml bottles): For extra washable paint you can get a set of 12 fully washables in green, yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, white, magenta, turquoise, pink, black and burnt umber.
‘Standard’ Paints (600ml bottles): Some brands sell ready mix paint which isn’t washable but our BCreative poster paints are all fairly washable. Always check the label! They come in 25 colours, black, blue, brown, green, orange, pink, purple, red, white, yellow, black, bright blue, sienna, cerise, cobalt blue, crimson, bright green, lemon, yellow okra, peach, Prussian blue, sky blue, peach, turquoise and viridian.
‘Bulk’ Paints (5 ltr bottles): This is a great choice for schools and settings that get through a vast amount of paint in a year. They come in 18 colours, black, crimson, bright pink, Prussian blue, burnt umber, blue, sienna, cerise, cobalt blue, bright green, lemon, orange, purple, sky blue, turquoise, meridian, white and yellow.
Metallic Paints (300ml bottles): These paints are available in gold, silver, copper and bronze. These have the added bonus of coming in bottles that are suitable for all ages.
Scolamelt Paints (150ml bottles): For an extra metallic effect, Scolamelt is a great choice. Use it in history topics for any crowns, swords and Egyptian artefacts. They will look shinny and authentic! They’re available as a set of 6 (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze and 1 copper).
Pearlescent Paints: These wonderful metallic shades give a shimmering pearlescent finish. They’re available as a set of 6 300ml (blue, red, green, pink, yellow, and violet).
Fluorescent Paints (300ml and 600ml bottles): We sell a range of 6 special UV Reactive fluorescent poster paints (red, green, blue, pink, orange and yellow). These fluorescent paints not only give superbly bright colours but also reacts to UV light to give amazing effects. You can incorporate these paints into science topics/experiments, backdrops and theatre productions.
Skintone Shades (600ml bottles): We sell a 6 pack of skin tone shades which are great for multicultural work, PSED and understanding the world topics. These shades are perfect for self portrait activities!
Fun Ready Mix Paint Activities!
You can use the back of a plate or a plexi glass/plastic flat surfaced box frame or the back of a baking tray dish or painting tray. Roll paint evenly across the surface then use fingers or cotton bud sticks for example to draw a picture, then place a paper gently on it and lightly rub the whole page. Peel off the paper to reveal your monoprint! Click on example of monoprinting with poster paint here.
Cars in Ready Mix
You can build a cardboard platform with 3 primary colour dishes for children to dip their toy vehicles in and roll down the paper slide safely, watching the colours across the paper naturally mix. See our Pinterest board example here.
Sponge Rolling Activity with Paint
Giant sponge rollers are great for outdoor paint rolling on large strips of paper. Check out our giant paint rollers here.
Mix washing up liquid, paint and water in a deep (preferably see-through) container. Use a plastic straw to then blow bubbles. You can get some incredible geometric shapes like hexagons during this activity as the bubbles expand and join. Click on an example here.
Mark Making using Cotton Wool Strings
Dip woollen strings in paint and spread horizontally with both hands on paper to create patterns and impressions of movement. You can also place the string in the middle of A4 paper, fold the page in half and then pull both ends off the string. Open the folded paper in the end to see what pattern and shape is left.
Cover the art history and technique of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock in KS1 and KS2. Get children to create their own Jackson Pollock ‘drip paintings’. You can use a variety of tools to drip the paint on the canvas such as swinging a punctured bucket of paint over a horizontal canvas, plastic syringes, sticks/sponges/brushes dipped heavily in paint, etc. Find some examples on our Pinterest pinboard name ‘Classroom Ideas & Teacher Tips’.
Hand Print Calendar
You could create an original class hand print calendar with finger painting and handprints being turned into images associated with the month. For example, snowman in December, finger print chicks in March, hand print butterfly in May. These make great take home gifts. You can find ready made BCreativetolearn calendars to paint on here.
Children can use mirrors and their printed pictures to create self portraits or portraits of their friends. This is handy for PSED, skin tone paints for realistic impressions of their skin tones, characters from stories or history topics. When children’s portraits are complete you could do a ‘Colours of Us’ classroom display board. See our Pinterest board for an example here.
Specific Discovery Areas
Set up for mixing prime colours in EYFS or more complex colour mixing (secondary, tertiary, complementary colours ) for KS1 and KS2. Example, tray with only two colours out for children to mix. Sponge rollers and large pieces of sugar paper stuck to the table is always a clear invitation.
Animal Hand Printing
This is a great activity to use when discussing cycles, nature, animal around the world (geography), stories (literacy),etc. Have a look at some of the ideas on our Pinterest board here.
Spaghetti with Poster Paint
You can make sensory trays of cooked spaghetti with small mixing bowls for children to independently mix the paint into the spaghetti strips. You could also create spaghetti paint brushes! Tie a hand full of dry spaghetti, dip the tips of end in hot water till softened and leave for a few minutes to cool down. You can then dip the wobbly spaghetti ends in paint and explore mark making with them on paper.
When it comes to mark making, messy play, making patterns, colour and texture exploration ready mix paint marries very well with these tasks. There is a great collection of accessories that work well during these learning sessions.
Aprons - Water proof and great for, suitable for hand wash.
Non-spill water pots - Essential for all EYFS settings. Helps a young child to stabilise their brush, prevent spills and accompanied by stoppers to store over night.
Table splash mats – A durable plastic mat that is super easy to wipe down after your messy art session.
Deep well pallets - Deep to hold paint and help with colour mixing.
Double Roller paint tray - Spacious for sponge rollers during mark making. Perfect for mixing two colours.
Paint mix tray - Great for messy play and finger painting.
Sponge painting dish - Once the bowls are filled with paint, children can dip their favourite craft sponges in and make amazing prints on paper.
Sponge roller brushes - Easy to hold handles during mark making sessions.
Foam brushes - Different shaped tips for variation in mark making.
Giant texture palm stampers - Great for sensory and for bringing the art classroom outdoors.
Easy grip paint brushes - Round, chunky wooden handles that are super easy for little hands to grip.
Chubby Hog Hair brushes - A great start on EYFS hand to eye co-ordination skills.
Fuzzy paint dabbers - Fun variety of mark making effects.
Funky paint dabbers - Fantastic special effect paint tools for mark making and patterns.
Wooden templates for printing - Designed to aid with dexterity and co-ordination and multi-themed.
Lino printing - Made out of a softer material (polymer) than traditional blocks, this super soft lino block can be used to print with ready mix paint and rollers.
Safeprint - A great alternative to lino blocks for younger artists. The extruded foam tiles can be scored with pens, pencils etc or have images pressed into them. Once a design is made you can then just treat as you would lino to create stunning prints using ready mix paint and rollers.
Tips For Using Ready Mix Paint
Classroom set up: It’s handy to have an easel with paper set up and ready mix paints in non spill pots readily available for children to do independent painting. A reachable drying paint rack is useful for when children finish painting; it will encourage them to dry out their work independently. With simple small systems like these in your learning setting, painting doesn’t have to always be adult led. Independent discoveries will occur such as colour mixing!
Try to use paintbrushes with natural fibre bristles like hog hair. It grips the paint better.
Non-spill paint pots are the best containers to use during painting sessions. (Especially in EYFS)
Our paints are mostly washable, but it’s always a good idea to wash everything straight after you use them to avoid staining clothes.
Sugar paper is a great paper to use, especially if you are doing watery spray painting or making a mixed media/ gloopy sensory mix. Another good option is cartridge paper.
If children are painting at various times throughout the day, it’s handy to keep wet paint pots in a tub with a lid to stop them drying out too quickly.
Always store paint bottles indoors. Bottles should never be stored in frosty conditions.
Paint rollers are great for child lead learning (gross motor skills)(EYFS).
If EYFS children start mixing too many colours, use light toned colours (i.e. light blue and bright yellow paints) in the independent paint area set up to avoid sludgy dark muddy colour mix when children are colour mixing independently.
Types of Ready Mix Paint
Ready mix paint is ready to use, water based poster paint, perfect for all learning settings. This paint is widely used in the school curriculum. You can buy it in a wide range of colours and finishes!
Did you know there are many names for ready mix paint? It is also known as poster paint, liquid paint, tempera paint , squeezy paint and junior paint.
Poster Paint has a thick, creamy and rich texture, lots of fun for children to explore and manipulate the paint on paper.
Young learners will find it offers great tactile fun when experimenting by using their hands, objects and paint accessories. It’s great for colour mixing, marking and printing in Early Years Foundation Stage.
Unlike acrylic paint, ready mix paint dries much faster, another useful reason to use it in a busy classroom, playgroup and workshop setting. Not to mention acrylic paint isn’t oftern washable! Poster paint can be easily diluted with water or mixed with PVA to achieve a variety of finishes. Liquid paint is fully intermixable offers great coverage and dries to an opaque finish.
Whilst not as cost effective as powder paint, poster paint is quicker to use. You can also add small amounts of water to make it last longer. Our ready mix paints are all gluten free and non-toxic, perfect for use within children’s arts and crafts. All our ready mix paints are also made in the UK.
Even ITV’s Coronation Street is pro ready mix paint! BCreative ready mix paints were featured during an art attack splatter session on a massive piece of paper.
Poster Paints in The National Curriculum
Poster paints can be used in all key stages of the Art & Design National Curriculum. During these years there are many different techniques, practices and disciplines being covered.
Children learning about artists such as Jackson Pollock for example will find his drip painting technique involves a splatter finish, which works very well with ready mix paint. You’ll be able to thicken, thin and change the texture of paint easily. (See 'Activities' section for more info on how to cover a Jackson Pollock art lesson.)
Adding to Ready Mix Paint
Gluten free washable PVA glue is a good paint thickener to use; it will give you a strong and solid colour finish.
A mixture of washing up liquid and washable PVA glue is also a great way to thicken paint and gives you a glossy, shinny finish when dry.
Washing up liquid improves wash-ability and gives a shiny plastic effect.
Add the PVA slowly whilst stirring it into your paint mix. This glue thickening process increases the chance of paint sticking together instead of running off the paper! Less runny = less messy = less staining! You can even create peel-able paint with the use of medium PVA glue.
Don’t buy wallpaper paste but fungicide free cellulose powder paste, which is otherwise known as papier mache paste. Sold in 45g sachets, one sachet can make up to 5 litres of paste. Always start with water in a tub then slowly add small amounts of cellulose powder to thicken. Add the paint once the papier mache paste is mixed. It's a great way to avoid solid lumps!
We always advise that you stay clear of wheat thickening recipes in a group setting due to allergies - keep your mix gluten and wheat free.
Ready mix paint is fun with mixed media! It enhances a child’s sensory exploration. From facilitating an outdoors maths game to a literacy lesson, poster paint is easy to mix into the equation. It mixes well with water, glues, sand, cornflour and shaving foam! For the best sparkle finish always adds glitter on top of your finished painting whilst paint is wet.
You will find that most of the EYFS suggestions also apply in SEN. With higher sensory needs all ready mix paints, sponge rollers, funky dabbers, roller trays and easy grip brushes for example, are a perfect match for sensory and creative ways of incorporating areas of learning within special education.
Early childhood years are important years for children to be given the time, space and materials to explore their original ideas and build their confidence in using materials independently. Choosing the right arts and crafts materials with the right set up will play a vital role in all these key areas of development. Using the best paint and accessory set ups in a child’s learning environment will also decrease adult led or adult ‘take over’ scenarios and increase independent discoveries! This will have a very positive impact for years to come and in all aspects of a child’s journey into adulthood.
So having read our previous blog you have decided to get kids cutting! Great! However, what if the child is not ready for scissors? Should you be worried? Why can they not use scissors straight away? How can you improve children's fine motor skills? Read on as we help answer these questions!
Why tearing is good
Scissors require hand-eye co-ordination which does not happen straight away. Could you zip up your coat the on the first try? No, and it’s the same with using scissors. Scissors also require strength which does not come automatically either, and it is building up this strength which will get children cutting straight lines and ultimately being able to write neatly.
So how can you build this strength and coordination to get then ready for cutting? Get children to rip some of our tissue paper. This will help get both hands working and building up strength. They could start by tearing small pieces (perhaps these could become a mosaic in an art project) and then try to tear in a long straight line.
For added literacy and numeracy you could ask your child to rip the shape of a circle, or square etc. Or, reverse that and get them to vocalise to you what they are tearing and how many!
Building Muscles and Fine motor skills
To build muscles and dexterity even further before the complex task of cutting get children to play with our hand puppets! These are ready made and are great for communicating a story and also for finger isolation, which is where you are getting each finger to work one at a time. Why is this useful? You will notice you don’t use every finger to hold scissors or to hold a pen when writing. Getting your brain to tell which finger to move at a different time requires practice, but with our materials, these important lessons will seem like child’s play!
In our next blog see which of our wide range of scissors are great for beginners and what products we have to get kids cutting…
June is full of interesting days! Including World Environment, D Day and World Meat Free day! June is also a great month for being conscious with things like World Oceans Day and Child Safety Week
We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!
Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to - help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:
Butterfly Education & Awareness Day
4th June Today we get ourselves into a flutter! Observe the fascinating life of a butterfly. Did you know that the larger the butterfly is the longer its life span? The average life span is one precious month! Some garden butterflies may live only one week! Monarchs, Mourning Cloaks and some tropical Heliconians have a 9 month average life span. Perhaps a day out with the children photographing the butterflies is in order! You may wish to visit the Butterfly Conservation website to help identify your findings. butterfly-conservation.org/52/first-butterfly-sightings-2016.html
World Environment Day
5th June The UN has been hosting World Environment Day every year since 1972, encouraging people to be more mindful and kind to our environment and realise that we are all responsible for the changes that need to be made. Climate Change has become a reality with global warming causing sea levels to rise. You can take a ‘call to action’ and arrange a community clean up. Be an example to our future younger generations and inspire responsible clean action. www.unep.org
D Day (WWII)
6th June The 'D' in D-Day is a military term used to refer to a date and doesn't stand for anything but we now remember it as the special day we begun our winning invasion against Nazi Germany and its leader Adolf Hitler. The Nazis had taken over nearly the whole of Europe. In 1944, 6.30pm on the 6th of June our troops and allied troops invaded the Normandy coastline in Northern France. www.britishlegion.org.uk
Child Safety Week
5th-11th June Organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust this week is aimed at anyone working with children to help creative positive awareness and solutions to helping children live happy, healthy, safe and active lives without being wrapped in cotton wool. Accidental injury is one of the biggest killers of children in the UK. It’s a time not for paranoia but rather of gaining a greater understanding for real risks and gain skills in how to deal with them in our everyday learning setting. www.capt.org.uk
World Oceans Day
7th June World Ocean day is the day we celebrate the ocean. This year's theme is plastic pollution and it is a look at how we can conserve the world's oceans. http://www.worldoceansday.org/
Bike to School & Work Week
10-18th June There are many bike events happening throughout the UK this week (i.e. Tour de Wolds) all in aid of promoting cycling road awareness, health benefits and environmental impact. bikeweek.org.uk
World Meat Free Day
12th June One day without meat shouldn't be too hard! The day is there to create awareness as to the benefits of not eating meat not only to the body but also the environment. http://www.worldmeatfreeday.com/ Father’s Day 18th June This is a day to honour all fathers, grandfathers, father-in-laws and all father figures in our lives. Summer Solstice 21st June Also known as ‘Midsummer’ it’s the longest day of the year. On this day the sun will not set at the North Pole! It may vary between June 20th and June 22 around the rest of the world depending on your time zone. Solstice comes from the Latin meaning ‘sun-stopping’ referring to the horizon point which the sun rises and sets. On the solstice the sun doesn’t rise precisely in the East but in the North East and sets in the North West, making it visible for a longer period of time. National School Sports Week 26th – 30th June On your marks, get set, go! Organised by the Youth Sport Trust, we spread awareness throughout schools in the UK of the importance of sports to children with the running of extra sports days and events. In 2015 over a million children took part in events in the whole country. It’s a great time for young people to discover new sports and have go! www.youthsporttrust.org/national-school-sport-week Public Services Day 23rd June The UN, on this day every year, hold an event to reward and highlight the work performed by public services in recognition to their contribution to upholding our society and way of life. http://www.un.org/en/events/publicserviceday/ St John’s Day (Midsummer Day) 24th June St John the Baptist Day is celebrated by Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholics. John the Evangelist is said to be one of Jesus’ twelve apostles. Wrong Trousers Day 24th June
This is a chance to celebrate our British animator Nick Park’s creation of world loved characters, Wallace and Gromit.. Wear the wrong trousers and raise money for the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Foundation throughout the UK.
wallaceandgromitcharity.org #GoGadgetFree National Unplugging Day 25th June We are living in a high speed digital age so it is important we all learn to know when it is time to unplug and balance our on-line and off-line computer time. Time for family and time for outdoor play! According to MyFamilyClub.co.uk parents check their phones up to 240 times per day (6000 UK parent survey). Instead of spending time on computer games, mobiles, ipads, etc, how will you #GoGadgetFree and spend the day together? Visit the National Unplugging Day website. www.nationalunpluggingday.co.uk
May is here, the years seems to be going so fast! May marks the start of Spring and the lead up to summer. This month we celebrate National Cycling/ Walking month and the end of WW ll
We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!
This month is very busy and is full of great and informative holidays!
1st May Mayday is celebrated as the start of spring and the coming of summer and is celebrated between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. The festivities include things like, morris dancing, crowning a 'May Queen, cake and the traditional May Pole dance. www.maypoledance.com
National Walking/ Cycling Month
1st-31st May National Walking Month is an initiative to get people walking. It is said that we now walk less than we did 20 years ago. So to combat pollution, congestion and many other nasty things National Walking month encourages people to go for a stroll. This year Living Streets say you should take photos and 'Rate Your Walk' http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/
Local Community History Month
1st - 31st May The aim of the month is to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general to the local community and encourage all members of the community to participate.
Activities happen across the UK and include trips, library exhibitions and local lectures. It is a great way for groups to highlight local history and for local people to get involved. See what is happening in your area via the History.org.uk website.
www.history.org.uk School Headteachers Day 1st of May
Headteachers have a tough job.They have to please a lot of people and that can be hard! So the 1st of May is a day to appreciate your Headteacher and everything they do! We found 17 headteachers appreciation ideas which are perfect to do if you fancy getting crafty!
International Firefighters day 4th of May Firefighters day is a day when the world comes together in recognition of the hard work and commitment made by Firefighters every day! On this day we also come together and thank past and present firefighters for their contributions. http://www.firefightersday.org/
Cinco de Mayo
5th May On May 5, 1862, the Mexican Army overpowered the French at the Battle of Puebla regardless of the fact they had HALF the man power! This played a massive part in stopping future European Countries from invading any of the America's. www.History.com
8th May Victory in Europe Day commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II. It is the day that marks the formal acceptance of the Nazi regime's surrender ending WW ll. www.BritishLegion.org.uk
World Red Cross Day/ World Red Crescent Day
8th May The Red Cross provides disaster relief all over the world on a simply benevolent basis. World Red Cross Day remembers and recognises the efforts of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide. www.RedCross.org.uk
International Nurses Day
12th May International Nurse Day is celebrated on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, in recognition of all the important work nurses do. There are over 690,000 nurses and midwives working in the UK! www.england.nhs.UK Limerick Day 12th May A limerick is a 5 line poem with the rhyming scheme aabba. This form of poetry was made popular by Edward Lear! https://www.brownielocks.com/kidlimericks.html Fairtrade Day 13th May Agents for Change across five continents will join hand in hand for Fair Trade and the Planet to celebrate World fair Trade Day. Fair traders in the supply chain, joined by consumers, policy makers and advocates, will form human chains in their celebrations to mark their commitment to Fair Trade and the Planet, our route to sustainable development. http://wfto.com/events/world-fair-trade-day-2017 Walk to School Week 15th-19th May This week is there to encourage children to start walking to school! We know how good it is to get outside and go for a walk and what a better way to do that than on your way to school! https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/walk-to-school-week Deaf Awareness Week 15th - 21st May Awareness Week - Deaf Awareness Week is when everyone comes together to recognise the different ways in which deaf people struggle through and then overcome everyday tasks www.deafcouncil.org.uk or www.ndcs.org.uk Amnesty International Day 28th May This is a day to recognise the need to protect human rights around the world. Celebrate Amnesty International day learning more about human rights, how to become more active in human rights causes and write to your politician on human rights issues. www.amnesty.org.uk Spring Bank Holiday 29th May This is a day of for people all around the United Kingdom from work and school
April is getting close! The weather's starting to get warmer, the flowers are blossoming and the trees are getting a little less bare!
We have some great events which would be perfect to turn into themed craft or just used for educational purposes.
We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!
We have a list of, what we thing are, the most fun and educational holidays. Make sure to check it out and click the links to find out more about each day!
April Fool's Day 1st April This day which is also known as All Fool's Day is the perfect day to prank your friends and to celebrate the changing of the seasons! Have a look at the BCreative Pinterest Boards for prime area learning inspiration! Jazz Appreciation Month 1st of April – 1st of May A month dedicated to appreciating all things Jazz. A time to look at the past, the present and the future of Jazz music. Ideas for teachers on how to celebrate this season! National Pet Month 1st April – 1st May This is a month of appreciation for all pets, it is also an opportunity for many organisations and animal lovers to raise money causes which support the well being of animals. www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk International Children's Book Day 2nd April This day marks the birth of Hans Christian Anderson in 1805! So, grab a book because this day is made to inspire a love of reading and call attention to children's books www.ibby.org International Pillow Fight Day 2nd April One of our favourite day out of the whole year! It's aim it to promote conscious celebration in public spaces and replace your face being attached to your phone!
I know I will be going to the one in Brighton! (Brighton's pillow fight will be held outside of the Bucket and Spade café at 2pm.)
pillowfightday.com World Autism Awareness Day 2nd April Autism doesn't have to be limiting and this is a day to truly appreciate that! There are more and more famous bright sparks leading the way such as young genius physicist Jacob Barnett or movie director Tim Burton. It's a day to acknowledge the hard work, love and understanding that it takes to make a change. www.facebook.com/worldautismawarenessday
World Health Day 7th April This day was established in 1948, the year the World Health Organisation was founded. Each year there is a theme, this year it is depression and raising awareness about mental health. http://apps.who.int/depression-campaign-2017/en National Gardening Week 10th – 16th April A time to get green-fingered and promote the healthy wonders of gardening. There isn't a more perfect time to get into the garden and get involved in nature! Have fun building garden borders outside and planting seeds with children. www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk/ Passover (Jewish) 11th-17th April Passover is one of the most important celebrations in the Jewish calendar. It commemorates the liberation of the Children of Israel out of Egypt, led by Moses. http://bit.ly/passoverjudaism
Russian Cosmonaut Day
12th April On this day in 1961 Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, aboard Vostok 1. He spent 108 minutes in space orbiting the earth once. This marked the beginning of the space race! bbc.co.uk International Moment of Laughter Day 14th April Another wonderful day that we love! Izzy Gesell (Humorologist) wanted to share the benefits of laughter so he initiated this day. Laughter relieves stress, influences positive thinking and relationships. Laughter can even defuse resistance to change and build self confidence. http://bit.ly/1R6ONVC Easter Sunday 16th April Happy Easter! Today should be filled with egg hunts and chocolate. This Christian holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. there are also so many fun crafting possibilities for this holiday! http://bit.ly/funeastercrafts International Jugglers Day 18th April This day was originally established mid 1980s by the International Jugglers' Association. This day we celebrate the act of juggling which takes a lot of skill! www.juggle.org Earth Day 22nd April Celebrate Earth Day and make a difference to the planet. Established in 1970, this day raises consciousness and action in environmental global issues. Make sure to get involved with some of the activities on the Earth day website. www.earthday.org
World Penguin Day
25th April World Penguin Day is the day the native Antarctic penguins start their annual migration northward. http://www.isfoundation.com/news/celebrate-world-penguin-day Allergy Awareness week 25th April – 1st May A week to raise awareness of different varieties of allergies and to promote well-being for those who suffer. www.allergyuk.org/other-ways-to-help/give-a-car St George’s Day 23rd April St George is the patron saint of England. The medieval legend of St George the crusader and the dragon are widely known and still told today. www.stgeorgesday.com Shakespeare Day 23rd April This marks the date of William Shakespeare's birthday! He was an English Poet, Playwright and Actor. Born in 1564 and died in 1616. shakespeareweek.org.uk World Stationary Day 27th April On World Stationary Day we celebrate the power of the written word. In an increasing digital world let's not loose the skill of writing! Make sure to check out our stationary in our shop! worldstationeryday.com
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International Astronomy Day 29th April This event was started in 1973 by Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. Hopefully the skies will be clear so we can fully appreciate the beauty of the stars! https://www.astroleague.org/al/astroday/astrodayform.html
Our mission - to create a craft celebrating Mother's Day
We wanted to make sure our project was fun as well as teaching the little ones some good skills so our resident Art Teacher came up with the fab idea of card holders. They're not only useful for Mother's Day but they're reusable for lots of different occasions and the perfect take home gift! We think these are ideal to show your Mum just how much you care on Mothers' Day and are perfect for holding those homemade Mother's Day cards.
We invited our handy Little B into to the office and we had a go at making these polystyrene heart cardholders and so we could share it with you!!
We've made sure to put the list of materials we used down at the bottom of the page so that you can have a go.
First, we grabbed a bag of our polystyrene hearts (M558)
-This is a perfect time to talk about 3D shapes but also to learn about the different textures and densities of materials!
We spoke to our Little B spoke about how these polystyrene hearts are super versatile to decorate- you can paint them, draw on them and stick things to them. The possibilities are endless and are a great way to encourage child lead play! Little B decided to put glitter, paint and stick tissue paper to ours. We thought they turned out pretty cool!
- Whilst they are decorating children can learn about different textures, colours whilst enjoying messy play. For example mixing red and white paint together gave us a chance to talk about colour mixing and the different shades of pink paint we could create.
Once our Little B had decorated our hearts we made a hole with a pen or pencil into the side of polystyrene heart for the arms! (This could be done with an older child or adult.) We also put in holes for the legs and a hole in the back for a tail to make sure the card holder stood up!
Then we grabbed our pipe cleaners (GC826) Little B then folded them in half and twisted them to make the arms, legs and tails- the bending and the twisting makes the pipe cleaners sturdier. Our Little B then inserted the pipe cleaner into the polystyrene hearts we'd made earlier to add life to the hearts. -This is perfect for working on fine motor skills!
Our Little B was then free to put on any further decorations he wanted, like wiggly eyes, foam hearts and more glitter!
-It's a fun task to teach children about parts of the face. Where do the eyes go? Where would the mouth go?
We took Mother's Day Cards, family pictures, letters and we put them in the arms of these adorable little cardholders and put them on display all around our office!
These are good to be reused for lots of occasions and are fantastic to actually make, I know me and Little B had A LOT of fun.
What we used:
Polystyrene Hearts (M558)
Assorted Pipe Cleaners (GC826)
Wiggly eyes (GC142)
Peel and Stick foam hearts (GC616)
Ready Mix Paint (P613)
Iridescent Glitter (Z167)
Pink & Red Card (C346RED & C346PINK)
Let us see your Heart Cardholders!
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Pull all the decorations down it is time for the Spring display boards!
We know you all cover different topics at different times so we have looked at a couple that are most popular at this time of year and ways they can be incorporated into learning walls.
Working or Learning Walls!
A what? Not heard of them you soon will! Working walls are dsigned to change daily to support the learning in the classroom as it progresses. The display may start as one thing but evolve into something quite different!
Working walls can be incorporated into any topics of areas of learning. Although t they have been most popular so far for literacy and numeracy we can see they moving into the other areas for EYFS.
Learning walls are a fantastic tool - as well as letting everyone know what the topics or obecjtive is, they can be used to teach key points and display childrens works.
Below we have put together some ideas for working walls with differenaation.
Are you covering winter as a topic or seasons?
These cute snowmen will make a great working wall for the cold start to the Spring Term and even better than can be adapted to support literacy or numeracy.
The idea is to stack the snow balls to create
What do we need:
- Calendar blank or calendar tab
- Coloured Card
- Paper Fasteners
- Pens / Pencils / Crayons
- Modelling dough / Blu Tac
- Cut out a circle of card or paper
- Fold into quarters, then unfold so the quarter line can be seen
- Add an image or words to represent each season (one per quarter)
- Stick on to the calendar blank or card you will attach the calendar tab to
- Cut another circle of card or paper
- Fold into a quarter and unfold
- Cut out one quarter ( you should be left with a Pac-man shape!)
- Place on top of your season circle
- Find the middle of both with a sharp pencil, place some modelling dough underneath and push the pencil through to make a hole through all three sheets of card (you could always use a compass!)
- Push a paper fastener though the hole and bend back to fasten
- Now the top cut out circle can be moved to show the current season
- Discuss quarters and other fractions
- Discuss seasons and how the year can be divided into quarters
- Have a circle pre-cut or allow children to find objects to act as templates. They can then create the circles themselves
- Provide collage items to represent the seasons (see below for a few ideas!)
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
The ideas we've mentioned above are just one way of decorating your own calendar. Have a look at these other great ideas for making calendars that last all year!
There are loads of ideas out there so feel free to share yours with us!
Join us next week where we will be talking about 2016, and discussing display ideas that will start off the new term with a bang!
February the month of love is upon us! Valentine's Day is just one of many events to incorporate into your early years and primary learning settings. 'What the Dickens?', Pancake Day, Darwin are all being celebrated too!
I've included links to ideas and resources you could use in your learning setting. Do have a look and send us any images of what you got up to in your nursery, school or playgroup! We'd love to see what you end up creating! Leave a comment or share images of your creations on our Facebook , Instagram or Twitter pages.
Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to - help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:
1st Feb Today we celebrate the feast day of Brigid of Kildare, recognised as the patroness of Ireland, animals, dairymaids, Irish nuns and new born babies. It also marks the start of the Celtic spring season. Are there children in your learning setting of Irish decent? Would they want to share a mini presentation of their Irish heritage? You could hold an celtic art session using free printables here. Here’s another Celtic print example here. More info on Brigid of Kildare
2nd Feb A Christian day celebrating the presentation of Jesus at the temple.
Charles Dickens Birthday
6th Feb Born in 1812 and died in 1870, Charles Dickens is part of our British history as a great story teller. He lived through the Industrial Revolution(1700-1800s), when there were great changes in work and science. Dickens would share his stories throughout the changing times about the life of the people in small parts weekly or monthly with the public. That’s why they make great series for television in our modern times. They give us an insight into what life was like during the great changing times for everyone. You could share in your learning setting abbreviated short versions of his famous Oliver Twist! Primary classes can also take part in ‘What the Dickens?’ the BBC game show. dickenslondontours.co.uk
Safer Internet Day
7th Feb The theme this year is 'Be the change: unite for a better internet'. This yearly event is organised by Insafe and promotes global safety and responsibility of the use of technology among children and young adults. You can register your support of the campaign now on the SID website. saferinternetday.org
12th Feb Celebrate Charles Darwin today and his work on the theory of 'evolution by natural selection'. He argues that humans are part of nature. His famous book On the Origins of Species was finally published in 1859, after a twenty years of hesitation. darwinday.org
Go Green Week
13th - 19th Feb Initiated by Japan, Go Green Week is a time to be as green as possible (ie, switch off computers, lights, etc when not using them) and to remember the Fukushima incident. gogreenweek.dmu.ac.uk or peopleandplanet.org/event/go-green-week
14th Feb Valentine’s Day started off as a Christian celebration of St Valentinus is now a worldwide day celebrating love. You’ll find some funny facts and theories on who and why surrounding St Valentine’s on the History Channel site click here.
You could order polystyrene heart shapes for children to decorate and take-home.
BCreative Valentine’s Collage Resource Pack
National Nest Box Week
14th - 21st Feb The NNBW promotes during this week the making of nest boxes in all UK local areas. Make a nest box in your learning setting and promote the value of biodiversity, conservation and breeding of bird and general British wild life. More info on the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) website. bto.org/about-birds/nnbw
International Mother Language Day
21st Feb Unesco asks the world to celebrate, contribute and promote Global Citizenship education. The theme for IMLD 2017 is ‘Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education’. IMLD also promotes and supports the goal: "Ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy" (unesco.org). You could plan language celebrating topics in class today. There are lots of nice multilingual songs online which you could incorporate into a music session, i.e, If Your Happy and You Know It - it features hello in many languages towards the end of the video. un.org/motherlanguageday
World Thinking Day
22nd Feb It began in 1926, it’s an opportunity to raise funds for millions of girl guides and girl scouts around the world. It helps to raise awareness of issues relating to girls and women in general too. wagggs.org/world-thinking-day
Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)
28th Feb Yes! Well we all know what to do on this day in our learning settings, make all sorts of pancakes! Real ones and soft dough ones at play time. The French call it ‘Fat Tuesday’! It’s the last opportunity to feast before Lent (Ash Wednesday) observed by Christians, which is 46 days before Easter. Pancakes were originally invented to use up all the leftover fatty and rich foods. You could do a pretend pancake making session in early years, see example here. There’s also the book ‘Pancakes, Pancakes’ by Eric Carle – a story all about a boy and his mother making pancakes. You could even make your own pancake day fact cards (for older age groups), see example here.
Cocka-doodle-dooo! Not only is it now the brand New Year of 2017 but we also have the pleasure of celebrating this January month the new Chinese New Year of the Rooster!
There are some lovely themed days you can incorporate into your learning planning this winter term; the snowman, SOS day, ancient storytelling week, Winnie the Pooh, kid inventors, bird watch week, Martin Luther King day and so much more!
'Calendars are not just for Christmas' - have a look at our article for these card calendars on the right hand side image, great for a start of the year calendar making activity. Children in EYFS and primary age groups will enjoy creating their own images in the blank space. You could do a 'seasons' themed one in early years splitting the square into the 4 monthly seasons. Have a read here.
Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to - help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:
New Year's Day 1st Jan 2017 It’s the beginning of a new year and a time for new year resolutions. You could make new years calendars using calendar tabs or order our A4 2017 calendar blanks in different colours for children to make their own take-home calendars for the new year ahead. This activity is great for early years and young primary age groups. Visit the BCreative article for ideas. Visit our New Years blank Calendar Activity for Early years and Primary learning settings! World Braille Day 4th Jan Braille is a system of reading and writing used by people who are fully blind or visually impaired. On this day all around the world people commemorate the birthday of Louis Braille who invented this system in 1824. He was born in France on the 4th of January 1809 and died on the 6th of January 1852. Blinded by an accident in both eyes in his early years, he mastered his disability and gave the gift of a new communication system to the world. His blindness didn’t deter him from excelling in his education; he excelled so much in his youth that he gained a scholarship to France’s Royal Institute for Blind Youth. A great role model for children – ‘Anything is possible’ and ‘there are no limits’, just new ideas to be dreamed. He’s a great example to use in education when it comes to ‘problem solving’ topics. royalblind.org Little Christmas
6th Jan The twelfth day of Christmas is here. Women were traditionally given this day to rest and take leave of their house hold duties. For Christians this is the day of the Epiphany, deriving from the Greek word 'epiphaneia', meaning ‘manifestation’. On this Christian feast day we celebrate the revelation of God and his son Jesus Christ having being born in human form. Makar Sankranti 14th Jan The Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti (Makar dering from the Capricorn zodiac sign) celebrates the celestial path and transition of the sun into the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn). It is celebrated in India and Nepal. For Hindu’s this is tied into their winter solstice. Our winter solstice in the UK began on the scientific day 21st of Dec, the point at which the day light will begin to increase again in our part of the earth’s sphere. Martin Luther King Day 16th Jan Celebrate Baptist minister, activist and leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King. Born January 15th 1929 and died April 4th 1968, Mr King is one of the most memorable and iconic figures for black history topics. Let us not forget his most famous speech “I have dream...”. In 1964 he even received the Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful combat of racial inequality and non violent resistance in the face of racial discord. thekingcenter.org Kid's Inventors Day
17th Jan Celebrate & encourage today’s child inventors to continue to inspire the future generations of child inventors. This could be a nice time to set a challenge for young children. Did you know the trampoline was first invented by 16-year-old George Nissen? Or did you know that the first lollipop stick was first invented by eleven-year-old Frank Epperson? Set your children a challenge and give them room to meet it. The K.I.D website includes tips to guide children on the right path of discovery. kidinventorsday.com Winnie The Pooh Day 18th Jan We celebrate one of the world’s most famous and lovable bear ‘Winnie The Pooh’ on the birthday of his creator and author A.A Milne. This lovable wise bear is a great teacher for children covering PSHE topics like feelings, how we should treat others, friendship, patience and so many valuable life lessons. In the words of Pooh bear “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference”. Find more quotes here.
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Winnie The Pooh Quotes World Day of the Snowman 18th Jan Great topic for the winter term: Celebrate in your learning setting one of the most iconic symbols of winter – the snowman. Here are some Ideas:
- You could hold an arts & crafts session for children to make & decorate their own snowman using either of the following; polystyrene balls, craft fluff or white pom poms.
- You could plan a literacy session based on Raymond Brigg’s ‘The Snowman’.
- Or make prints and build an Olaf; the most recent famous Disney snowman from ‘Frozen’ for children to put together independently.
Use the ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’ (from Frozen) theme song for the day whilst building a snowman in EYFS.
worlddayofsnowman.com SOS Radio Day 21st - 29th Jan Britain & Ireland can get very rough seas throughout the year; this leads to even the most experienced sailors getting caught up in mighty storms. The RNLI fundraiser and special day keeps our British lifeboats at sea. You could plan ‘seaside’ themed learning activities in class today. SOS day in it's self is on the 27th Jan. Download a free 'seaside' learning support pack from Twinkle here. sosradioweek.org.uk National Storytelling Week 24th Jan - 4th Feb Raise awareness of the ancient art form of oral storytelling! It’s a week of stories being shared amongst children and adults all over the UK. Is your learning setting getting involved? Are you hosting an event? There will be events being held in libraries, theatres, bookshops, museums, schools and lots more public spaces. Want to know more visit the Society of Storytelling website for more info. sfs.org.uk Indian Republic Day 26th Jan Celebrating the day when Indian declared itself a Sovereign Democratic Republic State with the adoption of the Constitution in 1950. You could cover religious topic mentioning Hinduism and festivals throughout the year celebrated in Indian. You could also incorporate Britain’s history with India and why we now have such a deeply intertwined relationship and large Indian community within the UK. This would cross over with the British Values area of learning. knowindia.gov.in Australia Day 26th Jan It is the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at this site by Governor Arthur Phillip. Again this is also a day which is part of our British history and could be incorporated into the British Values area of learning. australiaday.org.au Holocaust Memorial Day 27th Jan Today we pay remembrance to the anniversary of the date the Jews were liberated from the Nazi camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Let us continue to learn and not allow the mistakes of the past to ever repeat. This could fall nicely into PSHE area of learning with talks of feelings, friendships and a discussion on what it means ‘to treat others as you would like to be treated’. hmd.org.uk Chinese New Year 28th Jan We say goodbye to the year of the monkey and welcome the new Chinese year of the rooster. This may be your year if you are born in any of the following years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1969, 1957, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017. The rooster is the most motivated of all the animals in the Chinese zodiac. Are there any little roosters in your learning setting? Traditionally the Chinese new year’s dragon is always present to bring in the new year for good luck. Make a paper dragon in early years or primary classes this year. Chinese New Year's Dragon Craft Activities for EYFS & Primary Children Big Garden Bird Watch Week 28th - 30th Jan Create awareness and appreciation for our nation’s bird diversity in your learning setting during the Big Garden Bird Watch Week. The event began end of the 1800’s to discourage the use of bird feathers in women’s hats and spread the love, respect and safety of British birds. Perhaps set up a class made bird box outside the classroom? Or make mini birds in nest in early years? This is a lovely topic to tie into nature, understand the world, poetry, British values and habitats topics. Visit the RSPB site for more info. rspb.org.uk
You can also find lots of educational crafty ideas for 'all year round' areas of learning and celebrations on the Bcreativetolearn Pinterest Boards.
Start decorating those Christmas trees and hanging your glitzy stockings, Christmas time is near. The old year is drawing to an end and it's that special time to reflect on all we've achieved over the year. There are so many fantastic ways to incorporate all learning areas of the EYFS and primary curriculum this month, whilst still having lots of festive craft fun!
For every yearly event visit our Bcreativetolearn Pinterest Boards, full of preschool activity inspirations in all learning/ topic areas.
National Tree Week 1st 4th Dec It’s the UK’s biggest celebration of trees annually which kick starts the winter tree planting season. You could plant seeds outdoors with the children and make finger print paintings of trees. Want to find out more or get involved with events happening in your area? Contact the Tree Council for more details. treecouncil.org.uk International Tree Dressing Day 3rd - 4th Dec Now is the time all around the world to begin dressing the Christmas trees, as we near this special family time. Have you got a Christmas tree for your learning setting yet? How about a ‘decorate-yourself’ cardboard Christmas tree? They come with baubles which the children can paint or stick their own patterns on. This will give you days of decorating fun! You could also make small 3D take-home plastic Christmas trees.
Click here to view how the EYFS 3D trees are made!
Christmas Trees for your learning setting! International Aviation Day 7th Dec Today is a day to celebrate all our planes and those who operate them! We’ve come a long way since the Wright brothers first successfully made the first powered air-crafts in 1903. Incorporate it into a transport topic and make a plane! You could make lollipop stick planes. You could also incorporate maths and cut out shapes and get the children to piece together a plane, example here. For transport stencils, sponges and stickers have a look at our new catalogue here. icao.int Human Rights Day 10th Dec The UN general assembly believes that having human rights “is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world”. Teach children that beautiful and simple motto of ‘treat others as you would like to be treated yourself’. This falls nicely into the PSED topic. Use confidence and team building activities in class today to re-enforce the valuable lessons; such as being kind to others, working together and ‘look what we made together’ outcomes. un.org International Animal Rights Day 10th Dec More 7 more children these days are expressing their love of animals and are opting to support the protection of animals throughout the world. Give this day an animal theme in your learning setting. Some ideas: thenard.org The Festival of winter Walks 17th Dec - 8th Jan Ramblers charity set this event 25 years ago to encourage people to walk and explore Britain’s beautiful landscapes. Oh and she's a beauty indeed this green island of ours called Britain.
For more info regarding group walks, routes & health walks visit the Ramblers website.
ramblers.org.uk Winter Solstice (Yule) & 'Burning of the Clocks' (Brighton lantern festival) 21st Dec It’s that time of the year again, the shortest day in the whole year for the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere it will be the longest Summer Solstice day of the year. Every year Same Sky (Brighton’s community arts group) gather the people of Brighton & Hove to make paper and willow lanterns throughout the city in a procession which ends at the beach in memory and gratitude for the end of the year. This event is called the Burning of the Clocks.
Here are some Christmas/ winter crafting ideas:
samesky.co.uk Christmas Eve 24th Dec UK Bank Holiday
This is the time when children hand up their stockings ready for Santa ( St Nicholas) to fill them with sweet gifts!
Christmas Day - UK Bank holiday 25th Dec Christmas came from the old saying ‘Christ’s Mass’ an annual celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. It’s now a religious and cultural festival celebrated throughout the world. Boxing Day 26th Dec UK Bank Holiday
A day to recover from Christmas meals and spend more time with family and loved ones.
New Years Eve (Hogmanay) 31st Dec It is the last evening we reflect on the year we’ve had and say goodbye to 2016 and welcome the new year of 2017 with fireworks! Prepare children for the New Year’s celebrations before the end of term with fireworks craft activities that can be found in our British Values Pinterest board . You can also pre-buy cracker snaps and cracker hats, which are handy for Christmas parties as well as New Years. Get a hold of 2017 blank calendars for your learning setting... Children will love creating their own take-home calendars!