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Etching involves scratching a surface to make an image. It can be a complicated process, but show your child how to make a dramatic picture using a simpler method.
You need brightly coloured and black crayons, masking tape, paper, something to scratch the surface with, and a soft brush.
First cover every bit of the paper with brightly coloured crayon marks. Secondly, cover the whole page with a layer of black or very dark crayon. Then scratch out a drawing so that the colour shows through the black.
Watch a video here where artist Megan Scott shows you how. She is inspired by images from the wonderful Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.
One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.
Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.
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