Salt Art – Heart of Tifiti

Salt art was a new experience in our house. It was perfect opportunity to use a new art process to explore the story of Moana, which is still a firm favourite in this house.

You will need

A3 white paper

Water colour paints

PVA glue

Salt

Food colouring

Pippettes

Paint brushes

Salt Art Process

We began by painting our sheet of paper in various shades of greens and yellows.  It was a lovely opportunity to explore mixing paints to make different shades of greens.

After this was dry we began the salt art. The first step was to create the spiral shapes using PVA glue. Our glue was in a squeezy bottle which gave Meemoo and Pook a workout for their hands. it is quiet a skill to squeeze the bottle and to get the glue to make the shape you desire when you are only little.

Next we gave our paper a liberal coating of salt and after shook off the excess. Now it was ready to add the colour. I had mixed a few drops of yellow  and green food colouring with some water.  Meemoo and Pook used a syringe to suck up some water and drop it onto the salt.  They enjoyed watching the colour travel along the salt. It was difficult to be precise and some off the ink leaked into the paper.

Our guest blogger, Sarah,  used the same process to make Salt Art sea animals.

It is a really fun process and an interesting way for children to make pictures.

 

Sensory Sea Play

Sensory Sea play was a fun alternative to water play. I set it up while Meemoo was recovering and needed to keep her hand dry.  I decided to use rice as the base. Rice is very easy to dye. Rice is also pretty easy to sweep up when it inevitably gets spread about.

How to dye rice

  • Spread the rice out on a flat tray
  • Drop over blobs of food colouring

  • Mix the food colouring through the rice until it is well coated
  • Leave to dry overnight.

Setting up Sensory Sea Play

The rice was put in a clear deep sided container. I added another handful of white rice to the box and mixed it through. Next I added

  • sea shells and a stones
  • plastic fish and coral

I set it out to play on a piece of blue fabric I had spare.

Meemoo enjoyed playing with the rice. She added her Aerial doll and Flounder. We then created some stories using Aerial and the fish. Pook came home and joined in the play. The play then changed again as Pook added cups and spoons for pouring, filing and stirring. Later in the week when the play was returned too I add some tweezers. This provided a perfect opportunity to practice fine motor skills.

Fine motor control practice

Children need many varied opportunities to practice their fine motor control. It is a large part of a young child’s development that takes many years of refining both pre school and when in school.

In this activity Meemoo had the opportunity to

  • practice the pincer movement needed for holding writing implements
  • hand eye co ordination to fill up the cups

Sensory Sea play , relatively easy to set up and not too messy.  Give it a go, we love to see your play ideas too!

 

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Moana Toilet roll Figures

Moana Toilet Roll figures a simple, fun activity especially if like me, you have a child who lives and dreams the new Disney film.

Meemoo and I enjoyed our morning making these Moana toilet roll figures.

You will need

Toilet Rolls
Felt in different colours
Tissue paper in different colours
Googly Eyes
Felt Pens
Glue
Scissors

We began by looking carefully at pictures and our Moana figures to decide what colours we needed. I sat back and let Meemoo take charge in the deciding. She chose to make Moana. At the same time I made Maui alongside her. It is sometimes hard as an adult not to take over a child’s art, as we with good intentions want to show them how to do it.  As I sat alongside and made Maui it was a perfect opportunity to demonstrate how to physically make the characters. Importantly it meant I was not taking over her creation , she could see first hand how to make them. So yes they are slightly wonky but that is exactly how they need to be, Meemoo is very proud of her work.

Meemoo’s Moana inspired figure

Pook’s Pua inspired figure

Fine motor control practice

Children need many varied opportunities to practice their fine motor control. It is a large part of a young child’s development that takes many years of refining both pre school and when in school.

In this activity Meemoo had the opportunity to

  • use scissors
  • wrap thing around and enclose a object
  • squeeze out glue and spread
  • position objects to create an effect

What is your child current favourite characters? Have a go at making some toilet roll figures and share your creations with us.

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Magic Pictures

Magic pictures are a quick and easy activity to set up, keep little fingers busy for a good long while. I found the original idea on pintrest but have adapted it.  It is a fab activity if your little one, like Pook, is fascinated with scissors and cutting. Cutting is an important skill which helps to develop fine motor control.

I started making the Magic Picture by finding a clip art of an animal that I knew Pook would like. I choose a butterfly. After printing it out I then taped it behind a sheet of blue sugar paper, to look like the sky. On the the blue sugar paper I drew lines for Pook to cut down.

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Pook  loved cutting down the lines on the blue paper and folding them back to see what animal would appear. After having cut the lines a happy time was then had colouring it in. When then flapped the paper and it looked like the butterfly was flying in the sky, a truly Magic Picture.

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This activity really caught her imagination, with her asking me to make many more. The opportunites for pictures are endless.

Here are some other quick ideas

  • Chicks with Yellow paper to look like straw
  • Safari Animals with Yellow/Green  paper
  • Farm animals with Green paper
  • Insects with Green paper
  • Fish with Blue paper
  • Stars, Moons and Planets with Black paper