Wee Inspirations

Starcatchers’ Wee Inspirations are fun, creative ideas to engage little ones at home without a lot of kit, stress, nor pressure to ‘achieve’ anything. They are inspired by artists who work across Starcatchers’ different areas of work.

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WELCOME TO WEE INSPIRATIONS

WELCOME TO WEE INSPIRATIONS

An introduction to Wee Inspirations
STORY MAPS

STORY MAPS

Go for a walk and draw a rough map of where you went. Chat it through as you draw.
MONKEY TEN

MONKEY TEN

Yell “Monkey 10! 9, 8…” and countdown to zero while you move like monkeys. Bonus points for monkey voices, whatever they are.
BIG STICK PAINTING

BIG STICK PAINTING

You need a paintbrush and a big stick – bamboo garden cane is ideal, but anything long, like a mop or brush handle. Tape or use elastic bands to attach the brush to the stick.
BANGIN’ CHAT

BANGIN’ CHAT

A pot and a spoon, a tub and a stick, whatever you’ve got, tap out names or your favourite words: “cho-co-late”, “sun-flow-er”.
LOVE LETTERS

LOVE LETTERS

If your small person is missing someone: Granny, Grandpa, friends or their nursery, grab a bit of paper and declare “I’M going to write to them a love letter to say how much we miss them!”
LITTLE SQUIRTS

LITTLE SQUIRTS

Give your wee one a tub of water and a squirty bath toy (or clean medicine syringe) and see how many different things it can be used for – mini water pistol, drawing on slabs, watering plants. The possibilities are endless.
TICKLE PICTURES

TICKLE PICTURES

For babies, trace words like “I love you” on their tummy as you chat with them. For wee ones able to sit up/stand and scribble, say shapes, letters and numbers as you trace them on their back.
YOU’VE BEEN FRAMED

YOU’VE BEEN FRAMED

Create a piece of art by laying out natural materials (leaves, sticks, stones etc) in a frame on the ground. The frame can be made of sticks, tape, anything that that helps focus the eye.
BA-BY DOUG DOO-DOO-DOO DOO-DOO-DOO

BA-BY DOUG DOO-DOO-DOO DOO-DOO-DOO

Change the words of favourite songs (like Baby Shark) or nursery rhymes to try and make each other laugh. Babies and young children react to funny faces and voices as much as the lyrics.
(MUTE) BUTTON NOSE

(MUTE) BUTTON NOSE

As you chat to your baby, press your nose and pretend you’ve been muted. To your surprise, you keep mouthing words, but no noise comes out! Press again, and you can make noise again.
EYE BOMBING

EYE BOMBING

Draw pairs of eyes on paper or card, cut them out and use sticky tack to stick them on objects, light switches, wherever you can make a “face”.
THE STORY OF YOU

THE STORY OF YOU

“Once upon a time there was a little girl called…” Tell your child about themselves, focussing on their successes: how they tried and tried until they learned to roll over, how they used to pull themselves up on the side of their cot to build their muscles, etc.
PHOTO HIDE AND SEEK

PHOTO HIDE AND SEEK

Take close up photos of small toys in different parts of your home and see if your wee one can figure out where the photo was taken. Then go on a hunt to find the toys!
SILLY WALKS

SILLY WALKS

Start by pretending one part of your body – a foot, a hand, a shoulder – has a life of its own and is “dragging” you along. ‘Heeeeeeeeeelp! My foot is out of control!’
FUNNY FACE REMOTE

FUNNY FACE REMOTE

Draw a simple remote control with different emoji type faces (or put stickers on an old remote) and pretend it controls your face – when you press ‘happy’ you smile, and so on…
SECRET SENSORY DENS

SECRET SENSORY DENS

Den-making is a fantastic form of imaginative play. A den can, after all, be anything! After you build your den, secretly add objects with a variety of textures, weights and shapes for your wee one to discover…Who left them there?!
ACTIVE STORYTELLING

ACTIVE STORYTELLING

Wee ones don’t always sit still with a book but we can still share stories! Choose a story you know well, gather objects in a bag or box (like teddies and bowls for Goldilocks). Reveal the objects one by one as you ‘act out’ the story.
EDIBLE SPA DAY POTIONS

EDIBLE SPA DAY POTIONS

Wee ones love exploring and mixing different ingredients, and these ones can be smeared on your FACE! Oats, banana, avocado, yoghurt, coconut oil and honey all make great face masks.
I WONDER WHAT THIS IS?

I WONDER WHAT THIS IS?

It’s a classic – take an object and pretend it’s something else. I wonder what this is… a hat? A steering wheel? A dinner plate? An eyebrow? Act out as many ideas as you can think of, making sound effects and funny faces as you go.
STORYTIME RAP

STORYTIME RAP

Ready for a challenge? Download a free beat maker app on your phone. Start a beat playing and, at the same time, read a rhyming story to your wee one. Read aloud to the beat. Hey presto, you’re a rap star! Give it a go and have a laugh.
NO BRUSH PAINTING

NO BRUSH PAINTING

Today we’re painting with everything except brushes: potato mashers, combs, toothbrushes, sponges, bubble wrap – anything washable.
SQUISHY FEELINGS

SQUISHY FEELINGS

Fill balloons with lentils, rice, sand or quinoa, tie securely & draw faces with different emotions on the front. Bonus creativity points for hiding them around the room and letting your wee one spot them, making the objects instantly more exciting!
STREET BEATS

STREET BEATS

Splashing in puddles, sticks and stones, swishing bunches of leaves or feathers or grass – there are loads of ways to explore rhythm outside! Start with a stick, explore the different noises it makes on different surfaces and go from there.
BODY ART

BODY ART

Does your wee one get more pen on themselves than the page? Today that’s OK! An hour before bathtime, grab washable felt tips, face paint or anything safe for skin, and start drawing patterns on your arms, legs, anywhere you can reach.
SCARF KITES

SCARF KITES

This is a great idea for a windy day – take a scarf outside and fly it like a kite! Or if there isn’t much wind, you can run around with your scarf in the air and see the different shapes and you can make as you swish and swirl around.
CHALK PUDDLES

CHALK PUDDLES

Did you know chalk makes stronger, brighter marks when wet? Outline a puddle with chalk and see how your wee one chooses to play. Choose a puddle near home so its a quick walk back if you end up soggy or a bit muddy.
ORCHESTRA OF SOUNDS

ORCHESTRA OF SOUNDS

Choose four objects and pretend they are buttons – when you touch or point at them, you make a different sound. Maybe teddy says “BING!” and a fork says “WHEE!” – just make sure you match the same noise to the same object each time.
SING WHAT YOU SAY

SING WHAT YOU SAY

Has everyone stopped listening? Start singing! Singing what you need to say is a great way to help wee ones listen, whether its their name, to tell them dinner is ready, or to show how you feel.
MIRROR MIRROR

MIRROR MIRROR

Sit down with your baby or wee one in front of a mirror so they can see the reflection of their face and yours. Try pulling some funny faces or sing “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” as you touch the different parts of their body.
TEDDY TALK

TEDDY TALK

Teddy wants to brush her teeth! Teddy is running upstairs to get dressed! I think Teddy might be sad too – do you think he’d like a cuddle? Soft toys can be a great way to make stressful situations fun, or talk about feelings.
MAGIC POTION PICTURES

MAGIC POTION PICTURES

Children love gathering and mixing all kinds of store cupboard ingredients to make potions. Once their potion is complete, add washing up liquid and paint or food colouring, use a straw to bubble up lots of bubbles, then lay some paper over the top to let the bubbles make a magic potion picture.
FINISH LINES

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.
FINDING FACES

FINDING FACES

With a little imagination a mark on a tree can turn into an eye, nose or mouth! Next time you see a ‘face’ when out and about, show your wee one – you’ll soon be chatting about the happy tree, the shocked house or the grumpy drain.
LET ‘EM RIP!

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!
SAME, BUT DIFFERENT

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?”
ALL PAINTING, ALL DANCING

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.
DANCING CHEEK TO CHEEK

DANCING CHEEK TO CHEEK

Next time you’re having a kitchen disco, say”Dancing cheek to cheek!” then dance with yourcheek against theirs as you count to 8. Vary theshapes and moves you make by naming differentbody parts – “dancing knee to shoulder” anyone?
ICE SURPISE

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.
SOUND HUNTERS

SOUND HUNTERS

Make a sound (woof like a dog, rumble like a washing machine) and ask your wee one to find or point to the object that makes the same sound. Start with sounds in the same room, then expand to sounds from around the home or even outside.