Guide to craft - and messy - play!

publication date: Nov 9, 2007
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author/source: Anne Coates
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Under twos
As soon as your baby is sitting up holding a spoon, he’s ready to hold a fat wax crayon in his fist and make his first delightful squiggles.

Scribbling helps to develop hand-eye co-ordination, just as dipping their fingers into new substances like paint or dough encourages them to explore texture and shape.

Age two to three
Scribbling starts to become more varied and is beginning to move in a circular direction as grip and hand control improve.

Offer a wider range of pencils, crayons, paints and brushes as well as plastic shaped biscuit cutters they can use with dough.  

Age three to four
Children are now involved in drawing patterns and colouring which improves hand muscle control and establishes the correct grip for learning to write.

More
structured painting activities and printing encourage the child to experiment with colour. Collage and and junk modelling are popular and help them explore shape and size. 

Age four to five
Capable of longer periods of concentration, pre-schoolers will be able to produce more detailed pictures which represent various objects and will enjoy using stencils.

Encourage him to be more adventurous with junk modelling and to pay attention to detail.

Stuck for materials?
Notes
Some arts and crafts products are clearly marked with an age range. However these are only guidelines. Be guided by your child’s co-ordination and development  maybe he could easily use something designed for an older age range.


Children should always be supervised during arts and crafts activities and you may need to be extra vigilant when you are playing with children of different ages - a four year old may be using something like beads which a younger one might put in her mouth and swallow.

You should also be prepared for different periods of attentiveness - as a child gets older her concentration span increases.

 
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