toddler process art idea painting reflected leaves

Paint natures reflection! Painting leaves on mirrors is a fun process oriented art idea for toddlers, bringing creative play outdoors.

 We love incorporating mirrors into our creative play. Remember when we drew on a mirror and painted mirrors with shaving cream?… Continue reading

DIY Dice Game for early maths skills

Fun DIY Dice Games that help kids learn early maths skills like counting, counting on, number recognition and more.

We’ve been on the lookout for playful ways to help JJ with her early maths skills. (Regular Danya Banya readers might remember when we played outside with numbers and chalk, jumped for numbers on the trampoline, and when we made our photo and number puzzle – all working on numeral recognition).… Continue reading

Halloween decoration idea: upcycled CD Ghosts

Have you got some old CDs gathering dust? Upcycle them into some cute CD ghost decorations for Halloween.

You might be thinking, isn’t April slightly early for a Halloween post? Well, actually it’s slightly late. You see, we made these last Halloween… It wasn’t until my friend Mihaela from Best Toys 4 Toddlers asked if I had any old CD ideas for her 60 Day #JunkPlay challenge that I remembered them….… Continue reading

Little Bo Peep and her two lambs with wagging tails2

Super cute nursery rhyme activity for kids: make a Little Bo Peep doll and sheep using toilet paper rolls and other items that you probably already have at home. Great for role-playing, as Little Bo Peep’s expression can change from worried to happy when her little lambs come home again.… Continue reading

Growing a crystal flower

Fun science activity for kids! How to make pretty crystal flowers with Borax and chenille stem pipe cleaners. Makes a cool spring craft or ‘Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary’ nursery rhyme extension idea.

Another fortnight has rolled around, bringing us to our next instalment of Rhyme Time!… Continue reading

Crayon Resist

Low mess, low fuss art idea for kids: ‘magic’ crayon resist watercolour paintings

My 4.5 year old daughter JJ has been asking to paint in that quiet time between dinner and bed lately. It’s that time of day when I’m looking for a low mess, low fuss activity, and I’ve found that crayon resist water colour paintings fit the bill.… Continue reading

Easter sensory tub with chicks, eggs, flowers and of course, The Easter Bunny

Fun Easter sensory bin for kids.

Brought to you by Nuffnang and The Reject Shop.

The kids had (and are still having) loads of fun with this Easter-themed sensory bin that I put together almost entirely with items you can find at The Reject Shop, who is the sponsor of this post today.… Continue reading

How to make really vibrant coloured rice at home ~ Danya Banya

Do you ever have those times where you hesitate to make your own art, craft or sensory supplies, because of a doubt in your mind about how difficult it will actually be? Yeah, I have those too. I had them about making homemade play dough (since reformed), and I’ve had them about dying grains for sensory play.… Continue reading