Winter woollies

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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Wrap up warm in your winter clothes and use them to develop counting, creative and sharing skills

Winter woolies

1 A super, silly scarf

Create an extravagant, colourful scarf for a teddy

Creative Development

Exploring Media and Materials

Development matters: begin to be interested in and describe the texture of things (30-50 months); work creatively on a large or small scale (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two or three dimensions.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Long strips of white cotton fabric; tray; absorbent kitchen paper; water spray; selection of food colourings; dishes; pipettes; teddies.

What to do

Give each child a long strip of white cotton fabric and encourage them to describe the texture of it. Place the pieces of fabric on to a tray covered in a thick layer of absorbent kitchen paper. Lightly spray the fabric strips with water until they are damp.

Pour each food colouring into individual dishes. Using separate pipettes for each colour, show the children how to create dots, lines and swirls on the fabric. As the dye sinks into the wet fabric, it will gently spread and fade forming interesting shapes and patterns.

Encourage the children to do this on their fabric. When dry, invite them to use the fabric as a scarf for their teddy.


Provide one-to-one support for the children where necessary.

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