The boys are really in to Pokemon at the moment, so decided to paint some Pokemon characters.


  • Poster paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Cotton buds
  • Paper


Finn wanted to do large scale painting and Ioan wanted to do smaller scale pictures. They got themselves set up independently: Ioan inside with some cotton buds and A5 paper, Finn outside with a large roll of paper each for him and Cian on the tuff tray.

Cian loves being involved in his big brothers’ activities. He watched Finn dipping the paint brushes in the paint and making marks on the paper, then joined in.

Ioan drew pictures in pencil, then painted them in with the cotton buds.

Finn painted all of his fingers, so that when he ran out of paint on one, he could just swap to the next.

Ioan carried on with Pikachu, he finds painting really relaxes him. Finn and Cian love messy play, so painting often gets Finn excited and Cian giddy, but they worked peacefully too today.

Their finished Pokemon art:

Ioan: DfES Outcomes for EYFS and National Curriculum (2013)

Art and design

Key Stage 1 Programme of study

  • use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

Finn: DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 16 – Exploring and using media and materials:

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Cian: DfES Outcomes for EYFS (2013)

Physical Development

Moving and handling (8 to 20 months)

  • Enjoys the sensory experience of making marks in damp sand, paste or paint.
  • Holds paint brush using a whole hand (palmar) grasp and makes random marks with different strokes.

Expressive arts and design

Exploring and using media and materials (8 to 20 months)

  • Explores and experiments with a range of media through sensory exploration, and using whole body.