ACTION PAINTING

Combine visual art with moving your whole body! Rolls of paper taped together, tarpaulins or old bedsheets can make a large “canvas” – then throw, blow, clap or sprinkle powder paint (or coloured cornflour) as you dance, twirl, jump etc.

LIGHT PAINTING

Remember writing your name in the air with a sparkler? Same idea! Download a light painting app for your phone (or set a digital SLR camera to have a long exposure) then play around with torches, glow sticks – whatever you have.

5 WAYS WITH… RUBBER BANDS

5 ways with… is a series that gives you a whole week of ideas with one resource! This time we’re focusing on rubber bands.

5 WAYS WITH… POM POMS

5 ways with… is a series that gives you a whole week of ideas with one resource! This time we’re focusing on pom poms.

5 WAYS WITH… CORNFLOUR

5 ways with… is a series that gives you a whole week of ideas with one resource! This time we’re focusing on cornflour.

ICE SURPISE

Take some plastic tubs, food colouring or paint, and a selection of different things to ‘hide’:
ribbons, small plastic toys, leaves and flowers – anything that can be frozen in the coloured water and ‘found’ again as the chunks of ice melt.

ALL PAINTING, ALL DANCING

Play music with a clear, strong beat and use your whole arm to make BIG sweeping lines in time to the music. A big roll of paper or a large cardboard box would be great for this, but you can also use chalk or a wet paintbrush on slabs.

SAME, BUT DIFFERENT

Wee ones often love handing objects to adults – it’s a great way of communicating what they’re interested in. Name the object and try to match it to something the same colour, shape or texture. “That’s blue teddy – what else is blue?”

LET ‘EM RIP!

If you have a wee one who loves ripping or shredding bits of paper, turn it into temporary art. Bits of coloured paper from takeaway menus, magazines or junk mail can be sorted into colours to make shapes, mosaic pictures or even a rainbow!

FINISH LINES

Abstract drawing is great for children who worry about getting things ‘wrong’. Draw a squiggle or shape then pass the paper so your wee one can add their own shape or squiggle. Keep going – taking turns or drawing at the same time.