We have come up with an eclectic mix for you with lots of fun ideas for getting creative together.
1. Family hand print art. This is simple and looks so effective. It is a great memory maker. Use acrylic paint if you can as it is hard wearing and vibrant and your picture will last longer. All you have to do is ….. get a paintbrush and paint the biggest member of your family’s’ hand first (this will tickle!). Print an image of their hand onto a blank sheet of white card (wash hands immediately as acrylic paint can be hard to get off!). Then repeat with each member of your family down to the smallest. Allow to dry between each person. It makes a very cool keepsake.
2. Funky printing . This can be as random as you want it to be. Gather objects that you don’t mind getting paint on. Dip them into some poster paint and print them onto a large sheet of paper or fabric. Think pinecones, cotton reels, pasta, bottle tops, scrunched up paper … honestly, anything goes! You could also make shapes out of vegetables such as potatoes and print with those.
3. Telling creative bedtime stories or car journey stories. This is a no mess activity, phew! One person starts the story by saying where the story is set … eg ‘we are in the woods’, then the next person introduces the characters (more can be added as you go!). Then you work round each family member in turn (or back and forth if there are two of you) and let the story unfold. It can be as far-fetched and silly as you want it to be! Sound effects are also fun 😊
4. Outdoor art. Gather as many objects and natural resources (eg leaves, stones etc) from your garden as you want to. Create an image with them. This can be simply patterns and swirls or it might be a picture. Simple and effective.
5. Mosaic making. You can use a variety of material for this. It could be made from coloured paper you have torn into different shapes, or fabric, or pieces of coloured stone. You will also need glue and a surface to stick to. Either sketch out a picture onto your chosen surface and then glue your materials on, one piece at a time OR choose to be random and stick them as you go and see what picture you end up with.
6. Patio water art. You need: a bucket of water and some paint brushes. Use the water to ‘paint’ pictures onto the patio. This also works well on a fence!
7. Spray can art. You need plastic spray bottles, water and food colouring. Fill the bottle with water and add food colouring until you are happy with the shade. Give it a good shake. Get a big piece of paper or a roll of white backing paper from a diy shop and get spraying! *The food colouring will stain clothes so be careful not to wear anything precious and also do not spray anywhere near eyes.*
8. Playdough for story props. Another opportunity to make the most of your playdough recipe! Remember morph?! Fancy making your own version? Make your own little characters and put together a story using them. Make sure you give them each a fun voice 😊
9. Junk modelling. Make something fun out of the contents of your recycling bag. Cardboard monsters using egg cartons for teeth are popular at PFA HQ as are guitars made from tissue boxes and elastic bands! It can be as simple as getting a large cardboard box and making in into a ‘car’ by drawing wheels on the side with a marker pen.
10. Marshmallow sculptures. You need marshmallows (of whatever size you fancy) and some cocktail sticks (be careful of the sharp ends). Link the marshmallows together using the cocktail sticks to create different shapes and patterns. This is a no mess activity and a snack combined so win, win!