By Juliet Rogers and Meredith Gordon
Another instalment from our crafty RDM team!
Mess Free Painting
by Meredith Gordon
- Paper (or thin card)
- Large A4 sized zip bags
- Messy mat (optional)
Place the paper or card inside the zip bag and squirt small blobs of paint onto paper. Try to push as much of the air out of the bag before zipping it closed.
How to Play
Allow your child to squish and spread paint around as much as they like in the knowledge that the paint will stay inside the bag (as long as you’ve made sure it’s definitely zipped shut!
Add glitter paint, use paddle pop sticks to create scratched paint effects or experiment with thick homemade paints (like cornflour finger paint).
Peg and Cup Counting
by Juliet Rogers
- 10 paper cups
- 10 wooden pegs
On each of the pegs write a number (1-10). On each of the cups draw the corresponding number of dots (1-10).
How to use
Ask you child to match the numbers on the pegs with the dots on the cup by clipping the peg to the correct cup. You could do this in order initially (1, 2, 3 etc) and then hand the pegs to your child randomly.
Make each number and corresponding dots a different colour so that children that can’t read numbers yet can match using the colour. I also wrote the colour underneath for familiarity.
Paper Cup Octopus
by Juliet Rogers
- Paper cup
- Orange paper
Colour the outsides and bottom of the cup orange (this takes a while so have patience!). Draw on eyes and a mouth. On the coloured paper draw around the cup in the centre and then draw 8 tentacles. Cut this out then roll the tentacles around a pen to make them curly. Finally stick the cup on to the paper.
You can use any colour you like for these or even create a spider in the same way!