Teddy Bear Printing Art Activity

I was so inspired when I saw this photo.

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I had to try it with the kids! We had plenty of small teddies and lots of washable paint. So we dived straight in! Some of the bears needed a little stuffing removed from their noses to make good prints. We made ink pads from takeaway containers and sponges. Which is a great idea because you can just pop the lid on until next time!

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We liked it so much, we took it a long to our workshops!

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Toddler Art – Dough paint and Artist’s Trowels

I wondered what they would make of this and I liked the idea of giving them an authentic experience. Oil paint would have proved pricey but dough paint proved a super substitute.

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Dough paint is just flour, water and poster paint. You can make it as thick as you like. We popped it down on some mirror card with some artists trowels and off they went!

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They explored spreading and mark making using the tip and sides of the trowel.
Then they just got nice and messy!

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Lid Soup Water Play

This is really easy and lots of fun for toddlers! Water, food colouring, assorted plastic lids, kitchen utensils and other random ingredients such as chopped wool and buttons!

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Amazing how something so simple can be so engaging! Water play is always a winner.

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Blue Sensory Discovery Box

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All things blue! The medium in the box is a mixture of rice and salt. I used a small amount of paint to colour it blue. Then I decided to add lots interesting items in different shades of blue. The result is a rather beautiful and intriguing discovery box.

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Perfect for little fingers to practice their fine motor skills picking out little jewels. As well as examining and talking about all the little treasures we find, they also love sorting the objects.

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The glass beads were the most popular items. The toddlers loved hunting through the rice for them!

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Sensory Car Track From Scraps

We’ve made a sensory car race track out of scraps! We chose corrugated card and lade it with the ridges in different directions. We also use craft foam, packing material and sand paper. We added some pop sticks to make a noisy click clack train track along side one of the roads.

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This was very popular with my three and nearly two year old, and created lots to talk about!

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It’s also fun to walk round with your shoes off apparently!

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All in all it was worth the effort and we get it out repeatedly. I had to make sure all edges were well glued with a glue gun, as it would be far to tempting for youngest not to peal everything off, which would be fun for her but upsetting for the other.

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Rice Play Tumble Wall

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In this weeks workshops we’ve used an old bit of hard board from the garage for this activity. We drilled a few quick random holes and attached a variety of containers using paper fasteners! We taped the paper fasteners down at the back to add more strength.

We chose open ended containers, closed ended ones and ones with holes in. This varied the exit method of the rice. Closed containers can be swivelled to empty them and all of the container’s angles can easily be changed by the children.

Don’t underestimate this activity! Toddlers find it really engaging! They immediately set about scooping and pouring. The sound the rice makes as it exits the containers is like a rainmaker.

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Best done on a mat so spilt rice can easily tipped back in! The first time we did it I didn’t use a mat and had to hoover the lawn!

Happy Scooping!

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Fairy Mud

Messy play but clean! We are making fairy mud pies at Tiny Adventure this week using a ‘clean mud’ recipe. Grated bars of soap, sparkles, lots of cheap toilet roll, water and a lot of squishing produces a lovely clean soapy mud. See Alphabet Mud for more details.

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The children also likened it to ice cream! It keeps pretty well too. It may need a bit of water adding to bring it back to life. I expect it would dry in shape too, but I haven’t tried It. Let me know if you have!

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Rice Sensory Play Box

Tiny Adventurers recalled their favourite characters and rhymes from In the Night Garden with our Igglepiggle Rice Sensory Play Box.

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We coloured the rice green with a little food colouring and added large brightly coloured buttons hidden in the rice. They quickly set about scooping, raking and digging about in it to see what was there.

Next thing you know, it’s raining rice! Isn’t that a pip!

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Home Made Gak Play Slime

This week Tiny Adventurers enjoyed playing with Gak play slime. This is a home made slime that keeps because it is a polymer, and is great fun because it behaves is very interesting ways!

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This slime can be cut, stretched and takes the shape of moulds. It doesn’t hold it’s shape and slowly oozes. It is a plastic, is not edible and it is dry to touch!

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The ingredients for Gak are PVA Glue and Borax powder. There are plenty or instructions for making Gak to be found on the web, here is a good set for GAK in five minutes! Borax is hard to get hold if in the UK and needs to be handled with care. I purchased mine on line. Have fun!

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Ginger Playdough

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This weeks Tiny Adventure playdough is ginger scented. We have used one of my favourite playdough recipes if from CBeebies. It’s an easy no cook recipe that you can add what ever you like to. We added chopped tinsel and ground Ginger for our playdough kitchen activity.