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By Hilary White

Landscapes are all around us – and landscape is an interesting theme for both famous and pre-school artists to explore. Get your children thinking about colour and texture with these brilliant activities.

To accompany the activities below, we have put together a slideshow of the various paintings mentioned. We also have a Landscapes at home resource that parents can use to continue their child’s learning beyond your setting. There’s also a My favourite landscape painting worksheet that children can fill in with an adult scribe, and – best of all – Hilary White has provided us with detailed planning notes to support the activities. They include ‘Development Matters’ pointers, Early Learning Goals, Effective Practice suggestions and ideas for what to look out for when you’re observing the children. These notes really are an invaluable resource.

Landscapes have lots of different features, including mountains, forests, fields and skies. Landscapes are also dominated by weather and provide a setting for lots of interesting activities. Landscape is a popular art theme and famous paintings make a great starting point for exploring the colours, textures, features and purposes of different landscapes. Try the following activities with your children and open their eyes to the world around them.


EYFS Area of learning > Expressive arts & design > Creating with Materials

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