We made this muddy pig craft last year but after finding them in their art books last week the Little Tots requested we make them again. This is a lovely simple and messy craft that can be enjoyed by babies and toddlers and was a great way of introducing a topic on farm animals.
You will need:
- Pink card cut into a body shape, a circle for the head, trotters and triangles for the ears
- Pink buttons
- Googly eyes
- Pink pipe cleaners
- Brown paint
This one was left pretty much up to the Little Tots. We have lots of books with pigs in and enjoy visits to the farm so they all knew what a pig looked like. First we created out pigs by gluing the parts together together to create a pig. Younger children may need help with this but the 2 – 4 years olds I care for all managed this alone.
Next comes the fun part – making your pig dirty! The Little Tots dipped their fingers in the brown paint and covered their pigs in “mud”.
Somehow one Little Tot managed to get brown paint up to his elbows whilst finger painting!
We love these muddy pigs and they were a lot of fun to make.
Areas of Learning
As a childminder I am required to track the development of the children I care for using the 7 areas of Learning and Development as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Using the Early Years Outcomes (EYO’s) as a guide I was able to observe the following during the Little Tots play:
- Physical development: enjoying sensory experiences, picking up small objects, showing control in using tools – glue sticks.
- Communication & Language: learning new words, following simple instructions.
- Understanding the World: Talking about places they’ve been (the farm), why pigs get muddy.
- Maths: counting the number of eyes and ears, talking about the shapes of the card
- Expressive arts and design: exploring wide range of media and sensory exploration, describing textures, constructing with a purpose in mind, describing the texture of things.
The Early Years Outcomes document is a non-statutory guide to support practitioners. It can be used by childminders, nurseries and others, such as Ofsted, throughout the early years as a guide to making best-fit judgements about whether a child is showing typical development for their age, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age.
Read my blog post about Early Years Outcomes v Development Matters.