The Supertato obsession is still going strong, so I decided that for World Book Day 2020, I would do some ‘Evil Pea’ prints with Cian. This was the ‘mess free’ version.


  • Zip-lock bag
  • Peas
  • Green paint
  • Piece of card
  • Toy hammer


I put a piece of card inside the zip-lock bag. I added some peas and a few squirts of paint. I then placed the bag on the high chair tray infront of Cian, alongside his builder’s hat and toy hammer.

He scrunched and squished the peas together.

He then moved onto banging the peas with his hat.

Before moving back to the hammer.

When he’d finished playing with the peas, we took the piece of card out of the bag.

We then banged the excess peas off the paint, put another piece of card on top of the remaining peas, to take some pea prints. The initial print didn’t pick up some of the peas, so we had a second attempt.

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.

Understanding the world

The world (16 to 26 months)

  • Explores objects by linking together different approaches: shaking, hitting, looking, feeling, tasting, mouthing, pulling, turning and poking.

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.