squeeze bottles or plastic containers to hold paint.
Store materials where your child can easily access them and put them away. Taking responsibility for materials is part of the learning process, and helps your child develop independence and respect for materials.
Managing printing activities
Choose your printing area so that your child can work without worrying too much about mess.
Minimise mess by using a plastic ‘drop sheet’ such as a tablecloth or small tarpaulin under the table.
Provide an apron, smock or old shirt to protect clothes.
Involve your child in the process of setting up and cleaning up.
Questions to support your child’s learning
What might happen if we fold the paper over?
How could you make a print that looks fluffy like a cloud?
Do you think we will see the seeds of the apple when we print it onto the paper?
Children enjoy the opportunity to discover the visual effects they can create with materials such as paint and objects. Think back to when you were a child. Do you remember the sense of wonder when you first discovered how to make a butterfly print?
Manipulating small objects develops children’s fine-motor skills, visual tracking and hand-eye coordination. These are important skills to promote children’s hand and finger control and strength.
What you need
string, cord, wool (tied to a small object at one end)
Tie the end to a threading object and add a bodkin or blunt needle to the other end.
Encourage your child to thread items onto the string.
The finished threading can be made into a necklace or can be hung on a hook.
Supporting your child’s learning
When threading, talk with your child about:
the size, colour and shape of materials used
the number of objects on their thread (counting)
making and continuing simple patterns – encourage your child to predict what would come next.
Threading is an enjoyable way for children to develop small-muscle control and strength in their fingers. As children become more capable in manipulating small objects, they also grow in confidence and independence. The small-muscle control developed when threading is important for learning to write.