How to Make the Arts A Part of Your Family’s Everyday

There are endless benefits to exposing children to the arts. Study after study cite the positive impact that exposure to the arts has on kids: increased community and school engagement, higher literacy levels, better fine motor skills, greater empathy, just to name a few. Never once have I seen a study saying that the arts don’t benefit kids!

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Fantastic Paper Crafts for Toddlers & Preschoolers

A guest post by Maggy Woodley of Red Ted Art

It is well known that toddlers love to listen to stories and fairy tales. To extend storytelling time, we prepared a number of simple crafts perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy. The common ground for all of these crafts is simplicity and inexpensive materials needed to complete the craft project. 

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Sunflower Art

What I love about setting up observational art, is that everyone can go about it in their own way. On a peaceful Sunday afternoon, H (10, Z (3.8), E (18 months) and I got creatively inspired by the sunflowers i’d just bought from the local florist.

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Pollock Inspired Pumpkin Process Art

A messy paint session to try this Autumn!

When we lived in Canberra, we regularly visited Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles at the National Gallery of Australia. Inspired by this, we got very messy to make some Pollock inspired process art.

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Raspberry ‘Paint’

A taste safe option for mini artists

I’m always on the hunt for taste safe paint option, especially when it comes to Mr E (16 months) so when we had a punnet of sour raspberries on our hands, we decided to utilise them for painting…

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Ice Painting

A fun idea to try with toddlers

Painting ice cubes is one of our favourite summertime activities. Whilst i’d usually use non-toxic washable paints with my eldest two, I opt to use simple food colouring with my youngest (16 months)⁣

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