Art and Craft

Art, craft and messy activities are something that we do very well here at The Do Try This at Home School, and so it has been quite difficult to select just a few activities for the website.

However, the children and I have looked back over many of our old photos and these are the ones which they said they particularly enjoyed.


If you too are an art and craft fanatic, please visit our social media pages for lots more creative ideas - We update these every week. (Links are at the bottom of every page).


There are so many different ways to use paints, from bubble painting and marble painting, to hand and foot prints and acrylic cell painting. Here are a few examples of what you could do.

Rainbow Painting

This is such a simple and effective painting activity, simply squeeze stripes of paint onto a sponge and drag it across your paper or canvas to create these beautiful rainbow pictures.

Click on each picture for more details on how to do this.


Printing is a simple and fun activity, as you can see from the pictures above we use anything we have to hand, including our hands! The star, heart and rainbow prints on the right are made by marking shapes on an old pizza tray using a pencil, covering them in paint and pressing them onto paper. 

Peg Dollies

My daughter and I spent hours sitting at the kitchen table making little peg people, we got quite carried away.

You will need:

Wooden pegs (You can buy these in pound shops, craft shops and online)

Scraps of old fabric, ribbons and wool

Pipe cleaners for arms


PVA glue and sticky tape

Pens to draw on faces.


1. Choose the materials you would like to use.

2. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the peg and twist it at the back to hold it in place. Fold the “arms” out to the sides. Secure the pipe cleaner with some sticky tape. If your arms are too long, cut them down to size.

3. Take your chosen material and cut a square that is big enough to make a dress for your dolly.

4. Lay the fabric across the dolly, mark on two rough dots where the arms will come through. Cut two small arm holes in the fabric.

5. Glue the back of the fabric and wrap it around your dolly, pulling the arms through the holes. It doesn’t matter if the fabric overlaps a little at the back, just glue it all down.

6. Choose a ribbon or wool to make a belt for your dolly and glue that around the peg too.

7. Add some woolly hair, cotton wool hair or whatever you have available.

8. Draw on a face and leave your dolly to dry. It might be best to stand them up so that they don’t stick to the table!

9. Play with your dolly.

Salt dough

When I have posted pictures of salt dough on social media in the past, people have become very nostalgic, remembering their experiences of making models with this material when they were children. I wanted to add this activity to my website because it’s easy and cheap to make, it’s really versatile, and often “old fashioned” crafts are the best.

I also wanted to add this because I was taught to make it as a child by my Godmother and so it has some very happy and special memories for me too.

You will need:

A cup, a mixing bowl, a wooden spoon, a baking tray lined with grease proof paper.

Paper clips to make hooks if you want to hang your work up.

Rolling pin and modelling equipment. (Cutters, plastic knives, a garlic press etc.)

Poster paints and PVA glue, or acrylic paints.

Plain Flour, Salt, Vegetable Oil, Warm water



1.      Measure two cups of plain flour and one cup of salt into your mixing bowl.

2.      Add a table spoon of cooking oil

3.      Slowly add ¾ cup of warm water, mixing the dough with a wooden spoon as you go.

4.      Mix the ingredients together using your hands! This can be a bit messy. If your mixture is too dry and crumbly, add more water. If it’s too wet and sticky add more flour. Knead your mixture together until it feels like play dough.

5.      Line a baking tray with grease proof paper ready to put your models onto when you are done.

6.      Sprinkle some flour on to a clean surface, break off some dough and make your models. You can make anything you want to. There are lots of ideas in books and online. A garlic press can make fabulous hair! Use a little bit of water on your model, to attach pieces.

7.      When you have finished, push a paper clip into the top of your model if you want to hang it up when it’s completed.

8.      Cook in an oven on a very low heat (Gas mark 2) for a few hours. Keep an eye on the models - thinner ones cook faster than thicker ones. I sometimes carefully turn mine over half way through cooking. You know when they are done by tapping them gently with your finger, if they sound hollow, they are done.

9.      When they are cooked and cooled, you can paint them to add details. You can use acrylic paints, but I find that normal paints work best.

10.  When the paint has dried, varnish your models with a coat of PVA Glue.


NOTE: Don’t forget to paint and varnish the backs of your models too, that way they will last longer!

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