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Art activities for children

art activities for children

During the summer holidays, keep the grandchildren occupied with our favourite art activities for children, complete with step-by-step guides. All the things you need can be found around the house or bought cheaply. Get creative and give these crafts a go.


Salt dough fridge magnets

1. Pre-heat your oven to 120°C/Gas mark 1 or 2.
2. Mix together ¼ cup of salt, ½ cup of flour and ¼ cup of water with some food colouring and glitter. This saves having to paint and varnish the shapes.
3. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it's nice and elastic.
4. Roll out the dough to around 1cm (¼ in) thick, then cut out using biscuit cutters, or make little models.
5. Place on a greased baking tray and cook for around 2 hours (the thicker the dough, the longer the cooking time).
6. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack. Glue on a little magnet to each bottom.


Egg box daffodils

1. Cut a five-point star shape from yellow paper (or from white paper, then colour or paint it yellow).
2. Cut one cup from an egg box and paint or colour that yellow. Glue the cup to the middle of the star shape.
3. Roll some green paper and attach it to the 'flower' to make a stem and a leaf.


arts and crafts with kids


Fingerprint doodles

1. Pour a little poster paint on to an old plate.
2. Dip fingers into the paint and make fingerprints on some paper.
3. Use a pen, pencil or paintbrush to add features, arms and legs or stalks to the prints. You can use this idea to make pictures or greeting cards. It isn’t too messy!


Pom poms

1. Cut out two doughnut shapes from a cereal box and place one shape on top of the other.
2. Tie some wool to the doughnuts and then wind it round and through the middle again and again.
3. Keep going until you can’t fit any more wool through the middle. Carefully cut through the wool around the outside of the circle.
4. Pull the two card shapes apart. Tie a piece of wool tightly round the middle of the wool to form a sheaf-of-wheat shape.
5. Remove the two card shapes (you may have to cut through them).
6. Plump up your pompom to make a ball.

There are a lot of things you can do with pom poms:

  • Make three of them and learn to juggle them.
  • Add googly eyes and pipe cleaner arms and legs.
  • Glue lots of balls together to make caterpillars.
  • Make lots of pom poms in different sizes and colours for counting and sorting activities.










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