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Why Process Art?

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  "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist as he grows up." Pablo Picasso This is where process art comes in! Process art is about the making and creating rather than the end product, this can sometimes be jarring as an adult. It is funny because in my work I am able to appreciate process art fully, we may have an idea but children are free to explore that however they want, even if that means spending the whole session painting their hands! At home, like many parents I meet, I have to make more of a conscious effort not to interfere! Here is why I know it is so important to let children be involved in process art. It Increases Self Esteem Letting children express themselves so freely and truly appreciating the process with adults who trust them is like magic! It can help to strengthen connection and relationships as you carve out time together and gives children time to relax. As it is open ended it means there is no failure so every child can be suc

Father's Day Gift Ideas

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Father's Day is just around the corner and everyone loves a homemade gift. Here are some ideas of cute hand and foot print gifts. A cute idea for a dino loving dad! Let dad or grandad know that you love them to the moon. Do this sweet bee foot print to thank them for bee-ing so special. Use fabric paint to design an adorable outfit. A book is perfect for popping in photos and memories. Moo-ve him with this simple but effective cow foot print We love this sailboat using footprints. Take the time to make something special this year. We are on hand to help with our Father's Day Crafty Keepsakes sessions. Visit www.littleimaginations.uk for more details and to book

Messy Play Trays

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  Messy play is a lovely, exciting, tactile experience that helps children's development! Here are 5 easy ideas of bases* you can use to provide an enriching experience. Gloop Equal parts cornflour and water create this wonderful substance! Solid when squeezed or pressure is exerted, liquid as it trickles through your fingers. Mix it up with food colouring to suit your theme and add toys or kitchen utensils. Crazy Soap Foam Available to buy in most supermarkets, we LOVE this hypoallergenic foam. It's mouldable, clap your hands to create a snow like storm or squeeze it. Perfect for winter themed set ups or to create a foamy sea. Lentils Scooping, digging, pouring and sprinkling! Lentils are an inexpensive way of incorporating sensory play in to your day. Lentils are also perfect for practicing mark making and strengthening those fingers ready for writing later. Spaghetti Spaghetti can be coloured by boiling in water with food colouring. You can make anything from a rainbow to wi

The Stages of Drawing

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Watching your child develop and mature through their drawing is so exciting, especially when you receive that first picture of you! But what can you expect when? It's important to remember all children develop at their own pace and hit milestones at different times so try not to compare your child with others. Instead, keep drawing fun and let them explore freely, children don't need to be taught to draw they just need the materials to do so. With that in mind here are some rough milestones of what you may expect. 1 year+ Babies and toddlers start to learn to grasp and use crayons to mark make around 15-18 months. These marks don't represent anything yet, they are just scribbles and lines and teach babies about cause and effect. 2 years+ Scribbles start to evolve in to shapes, particularly circles, lines and loops. These shapes and movements are made with more purpose to repeat and will begin to develop in to simple drawings. 3 years+ Fine motor control and hand eye coordin

My Honest Opinion on Hand Print Art

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 Hand and foot print art can be surprisingly controversial! We now have so much access to "perfect" looking activities and crafts to do with your children, that actually look as if a child has been nowhere near them!  My passion is process art, child led creativity where we provide the tools and let them run with it. It is all about the process and doing rather than the perfect Pinterest-worthy finished piece. Process art covers so many learning opportunities, including problem solving, building fine motor skills and it builds self esteem. Many argue that hand print art doesn't encompass any of this, it is adult led and has a defined outcome with no benefit to the child. So, where do I stand? I am, perhaps rather boringly, on the fence. I see a place for process art and for hand prints and our classes reflect this. As a mother I know how quickly those tiny hand prints grow. I am so grateful to have a record over the years to look back on, even if they do make my heart ach

Be an Organised Party Mum!

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  Are you the kind of parent who has lists drawn up 6 months ahead of your child’s birthday or do you leave it until 2 weeks before and then panic?! If you fall in to the second category we’ve got a fail safe party plan to take the stress out of party planning, so you can do the important things like celebrate keeping this small person alive for this many years! At Least 8 Weeks Before Plan the Date and Time - you want to ensure family and best friends can make it. Plan the Guest List - Are you going for the whole class or just close friends? Plan the Help - Many hands make light work! Plan the Venue - Are you having it at home or do you need to look in to hiring a hall? Plan the Theme and Activities - Chat with your child about what they would like, are you going to lead the party yourself or take the pressure off and hire an entertainer? Birthday Cake-  Professional, Supermarket or Home Made? Birthday cheat- buy a supermarket cake then add your own decorations to person

Easy Easter Craft - To do at Home

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Easter is just around the corner, here's a fun craft you can do with the kids at home! I'm going to tell you how to make some fun and easy 'Easter Shakers'. You Will Need: Uncooked Rice Food Colouring Gel/Paint (as many as you like) 1 tbsp white vinegar Plastic Eggs Tape 1. Pop your rice inside a zip lock bag or tub. If you are creating more than one colour divide it equally. 2. Put a squirt of food colouring or paint in to each of your containers or bags. 3. Add vinegar to each batch of rice and seal your containers. 4. If you have a bag you are going to massage the colouring in to the rice, working it until all of the rice is covered. If you have a tub, simply give it a really good shake until all the rice is coloured. 5. Spread the rice out on a tray and pop it in a warm place to dry, this may take a couple of hours. 6. Once dried you can scoop a spoonful of rice in to your plastic eggs.  7. Seal each egg with tape to prevent spillages. 8. Put your favourite tunes on