Have your little ones started to express an interest in the clothes they wear? What about the colours and patterns they see around them each day? At three months old, babies begin to notice and differentiate between colours. By the time they’re five, kids are able to recognise a huge variety of tones, patterns, and textures. Incorporating visual learning into crafting and recipes for kids is a great way to help budding fashionistas to flourish!
Rainbows for breakfast
Breakfast time is the start to any discovery-filled day, and what better way to get things off to a flying start than to make breakfast a learning experience? Pancakes are a family favourite, and with this healthy recipe for kids, you can teach your little ones about colours and dye by making pancakes in every colour of the rainbow. Food colouring can stain clothing if you’re not careful, but this is a far less messy experience than using more permanent dyes!
Challenge: Can your little ones recognise and point out all seven colours of the rainbow? What about stacking them up in order? These healthy rainbow pancakes are great fun for mini chefs and artists alike.
Print a custom t-shirt
After a healthy breakfast, it’s time to get dressed. Many kids love getting to choose their own outfits, and you can go the extra mile by helping them to design their own clothes. Printing on plain t-shirts is an easy way to start. There are loads of colours of fabric paint available in high-street stores, and just as many ways to apply them. Why not try stencils, vegetable stamps, or freehand painting? There are also special kits available with washable pens and clothes, so you can design over and over again.
Challenge: Slightly older kids might like to try replicating a favourite pattern, like spots or stripes – or maybe something they’ve seen in a shop, museum, or TV show.
Design the perfect bag
When it’s time to leave a house, many kids like to take a favourite toy or book with them. Designing a tote bag to carry their possessions can be great fun for kids. All you need is a plain canvas tote bag, fabric glue, and some scraps of fabric and felt. First, get your little ones to design their ideal bag using paper and pencils. With adult supervision, your kids can cut out shapes from the scrap fabric, and stick them onto the bag with the fabric glue.
Challenge: Try showing your child a fashion magazine or catalogue, and asking them to use their fabric scraps to change a plain tote bag into a replica of their favourite fancy handbag.
The techniques we’ve talked about here – dyeing, printing, stencilling, and sticking – can all be applied to a whole range of art and craft projects for young children. If your little one wants to have more fun with colours and patterns, why not look for more ways to encourage them? There are thousands of tutorials and ideas out there for you to discover.