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Maths & Literacy with Polystyrene Eggs The WSPP (Water, Sponge, Powder, Pallet) system is a simple discipline children can learn early on. They gain a visual/ tactile memory of the paint mixing process and bringing paint to life from scratch!

Any discussion on this activity can help children to naturally extend their vocabulary with new words, i.e. ripples, wavy.

BCreative provide all kinds of marbling inksfluorescent, metallic and normal colour ranges. The process involves dropping ink onto the surface of water and using a small stick to lightly draw patterns in the liquid mix. Gently dip and roll the plastic egg on the liquid surface and the ink should adhere to the egg surface. Are the eggs taking too long to dry? Extend the experience by adding a hair dryer in the final stages to speed up the drying process of the eggs. Children will get to observe the additional processes of temperature (hot and cold) and texture (dry and wet). Ensure that all children wear protective clothing as the this product is oil based.

Polystyrene Egg Chicks

You could also use the eggs for an Easter egg hunt, once decorated by the children. Children could be set the task of finding specific coloured, numbered or lettered eggs. Ready mix paint or collage materials are best for egg decoration. For after school clubs it might be practical to use felt tip pens to decorate the polystyrene eggs.

A mixture of washing up liquid and PVA glue is a great way to thicken paint and gives you a glossy , shinny finish when dry. Add the PVA slowly whilst stirring it into your already wet powder paint mix.

Create a 2D Easter egg painting with colourful repeating patterns! Creating patterns develops the fine motor skills to facilitate pre-writing and is a great mark making exercise. Draw an outline of an egg on a large piece of A3 paper and get the children to decorate it using repeating patterns. Follow Economy of Brighton BCreative’s board Easter Ideas for Early Years (EYFS) on Pinterest.You could also ask children to pinch pom poms with clothing pegs, dip them in different coloured paints and make repeated patterns on paper. These activities will aid a child’s development in the seven areas of learning, with a large scope for differentiation. JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. 4th April     

  Carrot day was founded in 2003. On this day we celebrate the health benefits of Bugs Bunny’s favourite vegetable.  Did you know pilots in World War II were told to eat carrots to improve their eye sight? Carrots provide us with beta-carotenes, falcarinol, vitamin A, minerals and anti-oxidants. Have a class carrot party! www.carrotday.com World Health Day   7th April  This day was established in 1948, the year the World Health Organisation was founded.

Each year there is a theme, this year it is diabetes and raising awareness about prevention. www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2016/event/en/

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Winston Churchill Day 9th April   In one thousand nine hundred sixty three Winston Churchill was made an honorary US citizen by the president of America at the time, president J. F. Kennedy. This was a very rare honour which only Mother Theresa had been bestowed previously www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org National Experience Week  11th – 17th April  National Experience Week is celebrated in the UK to encourage ourselves and others to try new experiences, build self esteem and personal achievements in life. The Into The Blue organisation do an auction on exciting new experiences.  www.intotheblue.co.uk/national-experience-week/ National Gardening Week  11th – 17th April  A time to get green-fingered and promote the healthy wonders of gardening. The Royal Horticultural Society will be offering a FREE gardening SOS service! Have fun building garden borders outside and planting seeds with children. www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk/

Russian Cosmonaut Day Children could use pva glue to stick yellow feathers, wiggly eyes and orange card (for the beaks and feet) onto their egg shapes. Create little characters and build on a child’s understanding of the world around them! These can be included in the Easter sensory tray mentioned below.

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All of the activities can be easily differentiated for EYFS, KS1 or KS2, as well as ensuring the prime areas are covered. Some even produce a wonderful take home gift!

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Children spend their first years mark making and exploring materials, but by the time they reach primary school they want to start controlling their materials, make accurate impressions of the world around them and be independent. Powder paint is great for keeping children engaged and adventurous with paint! It helps them to connect with the creative processes taking place in their work.

Best to stay clear of wheat thickening recipes in group setting due to allergies – keep your mix gluten and wheat free. This glue thickening process increases the chance of paint sticking together instead of running off the paper! Less runny = less messy = less staining!

You can encompass the science curriculum by talking about the reaction and changes of the powder with different amounts of water, investigate different textures.  Buy UV fluorescent powder paint for sensory science experiments under UV lights! Add the UV fluorescent colour to water bottles, sand bottles, and sand pit sensory trays!

Yes, it is nearly Easter! In addition to chocolate eggs, Easter incorporates many symbols of spring such as baby animals and flowers to represent the cycle of rebirth.

Economy of Brighton have been supplying art and craft materials to schools, nurseries, playgroups and similar organisations for over forty years.

Download a free copy of the BCreative Bunny Tail Matching Game templates to save time!

Our powder paints come in handy tubs, which can be re-used thanks to the secure strong re-sealable lids. There are many fun colours to choose from; we sell six fluorescent 500g tubs, six main colours  in 500g tubs great for when you want to set up primary/ secondary colour mixing and many variations/ shades in 2.5kg and 15kg! You will find up to twenty colours to choose from in our range!

Develop children’s visual recognition using matching games. For example, you can get them to mix the powder and water using the WSPP (Water, Sponge, Powder, Pallet) system of painting. Being involved in the paint colour mixing step-by-step process will exercise the child’s hand-eye coordination, organisational skills and spacial awareness.Children will develop their personal, social and emotional skills, increase their confidence and expand their cognitive capacity. They will develop fine motor skills, learn about colours, maths, literacy, science and gain more understanding of the world whilst thinking they are covering Easter!Powder PaintingUsing powder paint will aid in children’s fine/ gross motor skill development. For example, you can get them to mix the powder and water using the WSPP (Water, Sponge, Powder, Pallet) system of painting.

For literacy and religious education there is a lovely video featured on CBeebies called ‘Lets Celebrate Easter Performance‘ using recorded live sand art and story telling!

There are a number of ways to create the patterns. You could use Easter sponge shapes, which are a great way of incorporating the Easter theme. You can use a selection of ready mix paints in pallets to dip your sponges in and print a series of patterns within the large egg.

They could even include a picture of themselves or their family photo in the centre, using the tissue flower circles as a frame around the photo highlighting that it is a special family time!

Spring and Easter can incorporate so many wonderful learning opportunities and there are many Easter and spring craft ideas out there! In this article we have decided to look at how you can incorporate the key symbols of Easter and Spring into your every day learning. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage independent learning and child led activities.

Easter falls around the spring season, the time of year when flowers come into bloom. Tissue circles encourage young children to create flowers independently through simple layering, twisting and gluing. You can use green pipecleaners or paper art straws for the stem. The flowers can be incorporated into discussions about seasons. Don’t forget to wait for the paint to dry before you draw beaks, feet and eyes! You can also tell children you need a certain number of chicks, ask them for one more or ask them to count how many they have hatched!Powder paint is thought to be easier to use with older KS1/ KS2 children than with nursery but there are in fact many creative ways to use powder paint with all ages. For early years you can use non spill paint pots for less mess and more time gained in demonstrating how to mix. Have you tried using the WASPP method?Using powder paint will aid in children’s fine/ gross motor skill development.

Plastic Egg & Marbling Ink ExplorationIt’s such a creative way to mix paint, help children understand colour shading and mixing processes in more depth , not to mention it’s way more fun and tactile! Mark making pictures turn 3D due to the variety of texture variations you can get! For example, you could mix the paint thicker so the child can feel and see the different bumpy texture result. Adding glitter is great for adding texture in addition to thickeners!

This is a great activity to do on pastel coloured card, it can be turned into a take home Easter card! You can include the painted chicks in your discussions about the season and the cycles in nature.

Another fun versatility of powder paint is the fact that it mixes well with water, glues, sand, cornflour and shaving foam! It’s much easier to mix and colour other media with powder as opposed to ready mix paint. Add glitter to the mix when you want a magical, twinkling finish!

Use different sized polystyrene egg shapes, to play a ‘sorting by size’ game with Easter baskets. Ask children to pick the eggs and sort them into groups of small, medium and large. This is a great opportunity for counting and introducing natural discussions on weight (heavier or lighter), quantities (bigger or smaller) and sizes (more or less).

Don’t buy wallpaper paste but fungicide free cellulose powder paste, which is otherwise known as papier mache paste. Sold in 45g sachets, one sachet can make up to five litres of paste. Always start with water in a tub then slowly add small amounts of cellulose powder to thicken. It’s a great way to avoid solid lumps!

Flower Making Fingermark picture is a bang-up way of originative reckoning! Exploitation lily-livered blusher, ask the children to impress a numeral of fingerprints on the paper.Use plastic marbling eggs to incorporate elements of science! The children will progress with their ability to explore physical processes and make observations. Children will have fun creating their own patterned eggs exploring colour mixing and patterns.

It’s highly cost effective! For runny paint, you only need very small amounts of powder. Whether they’re painting a picture, spraying the paint outside or printing/mark making, it’s in your hands how thick you wish the paint to be for each task. The dry quality of the powder paint means it has a longer shelf life. One tub will last you months if you make mostly runny watery batches. It’s good to store powder in a dry place. (Luckily our powder paint comes in thick resealable plastic containers.!)

We discovered that if you start mixing half a teaspoon of washing up liquid, a teaspoon of dry powder paint, a teaspoon of cellulose powder paste and slowly keep adding water you get foamy tactile sensory goo!!

An easy way to differentiate this is to use an orange marker or paper collage cut-outs for the eyes, feet and beaks. Using the different colours of tissue paper is another way to investigate patterns.Understanding the World through creative learning and celebration every day.Did you know two thousand sixteen is a Leap Year? We have put together a list of fun facts to promote discussion in your learning setting! Leap Year is great for numeracy and understanding the world around us! Just think how much those little faces will have changed when we reach the next one in 2020!A tray filled with colourful objects and textures is a great sensory activity for Easter time.

Matching pom-pom bunny tails to the right bunny can be a great independent maths activity. Use white bunny cut-outs with a colour word written on each one. The children learn to read the written version of the colour, in addition to matching and sticking the right coloured pom pom.Powder paint is coloured pigment, which you mix with water to get wet paint. It’s popular with many schools as it is child safe, gluten free and highly versatile! It comes in many shades including fluorescent!

Being involved in the paint colour mixing step-by-step process will exercise the child’s hand-eye coordination, organisational skills and spacial awareness.


Here are some fun things you can include: different sized polystyrene and plastic eggs, Easter spangles, yellow coloured pom-poms and feathers, mixed coloured raffia, mixed coloured feathers, yellow craft fluff or cotton wool and other related topic objects (i.e. small bunnies and chick toys). Children can use items from the sensory trays to tell their own stories.

Story of Easter with Jesus

Fingerprint Chicks for Numeracy

It promotes the use of all the senses and can be incorporated into the wider discussion about Easter/ spring time.Easter Sensory Investigation TrayWhy not incorporate maths and literacy? Colour code and number your eggs and encourage children to match the numbered egg with the numbered basket/container. You could always use them in counting games and order the numbered eggs into an egg box. To incorporate literacy simply add letters of the alphabet instead of numbers.Matching Bunny TailsUsing wiggly eyes gives a lovely 3D effect.

Some children may push or squeeze sponges too hard and lose definition in the final print. If a child struggles to produce defined shapes, a great alternative is to use Easter stencils. In this case, any shape of sponge or paint brush can be used to apply paint to the stencils – children could always use markers instead of paints.

You could also do a simpler version using coloured bunny cut outs. Children can match through colour visual recognition. If you laminate the bunnies you can use this as a regular class exercise. You can use Velcro or white /blue tack, otherwise use pva glue for take home gifts.

For KS1 and KS2 this could be an independent activity, but guidance would be required for EYFS learners.Visit our YouTube channel for more videos of the featured activities in this article!Children can investigate and explore materials, shapes, sizes, textures and colours. This will help emotional development and build a positive sensory association to the theme and the overall memory of learning.Mark Making & Repeated Patterns on an Easter Egg

The polystyrene egg shapes also make great collage Easter chick figures. You can talk about the hatching of chicks, life cycles and seasonal changes. Use the polystyrene egg to show the process of an egg developing into a chick. You could nestle the class chicks in raffia/straw nests in a classroom display area. The smooth polystyrene egg surface is great for collage or ready mix painting and free expression.