Dot Painting

 “NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.”  (

This past week has been NAIDOC week and Master C has been doing lots of relevant activities at school. He came home with many masterpieces but the favourite of all the kids was a boomerang that he had dot painted. Both Master C and Master E have requested to make their own at home out of cardboard (so they last longer).

I found a template of a boomerang from a google search and gave them cotton buds to use instead of a paint brush. The cotton buds made great dots and are a bit trickier to hold, good for developing fine motor skills. Dots weren’t popular with the kids but they still look great.

The finished product


Friendly Sea Shells

The last two days we have been working on some shell creatures. We have a huge number of shells and this is a really cute way of using some of them. Some we love is also having a birthday very soon so might find these in their letterbox next week.

Yesterday we began by chosing and painting our sea shells. All the kids were pretty keen and we ended up with a lot of painted shells. Since we started this activity after school we needed to leave them overnight to dry before glueing.

This afternoon after school we got out the stash of googly eyes and the hot glue gun and stuck eyes onto the shells. Both boys were great at matching sizes and colours of the eyes and were very keen to have a go with the glue.



Painting with Balls

A few weeks ago we saw Marble Painting on Mister Maker (a kids program on ABC) and decided to give it a go. All you need is a tray, some paper, paint and marbles or balls. We started off with big plastic balls, thinking they’re a little more toddler friendly than marbles.

 By rolling the balls through the paint the kids can make some pretty cool patterns really easily. Little Miss A wasn’t so keen on rolling the balls. Instead they became a subsitute paintbrush but her painting turned out great anyway.

The key to this art is chosing colours that will look good together, primary colours work especially well. With boys like mine who always want to use black,  you also need to take the piece away and replace with a new one at just the right time because it doesn’t take long for a great pattern to turn into a mess of paint.