Top 5 tips for using paint at home – the ARTventurers way!

Top 5 tips for using paint at home – the ARTventurers way!

Introducing your little artist to paint at home the ARTventurers way!

Baby playing with paint

As most parents will know, the thought of letting your little one loose in your home with paint fills you with horror! All those lovely white walls and carpets covered in paint? No thank you! However, allowing babies and toddlers to get messy can be SO important for them and their development, whilst giving you a great opportunity to bond! So, fear not, here are some top tips from us at ARTventurers when using paint at home with your little ones…

Think BIG!

Do you remember those old rolls of lining paper or leftover sheets of wallpaper that are stuck in the garage or loft gathering dust? Bring them out! These types of materials are ideal for covering your floor with and letting your little ones loose on. They’re easy to bin afterwards or even stick up on the wall to display the masterpieces and are a lot more fun to work with than small A4 sheets!

Paint on a white sheet
An example of the creative things that could be done on a big sheet of paper!

 

Make sure the paint is non-toxic and suitable for use!

Obviously, your child’s safety comes before keeping your house clean and tidy! So before you all get messy at home, ensure you know the paint being used is safe for use with small children. You can even try and mix it up with edible paint from cornflour, as we all know how much young ones want to put everything in their mouth! There are plenty of recipes online about how to make edible paint, so be sure to check them out.

Baby happy in paint
Looks like great fun!

 

Be prepared for the inevitable mess!

Cover your surfaces and floors with something easy to wipe down or bin, like an old shower curtain or plastic tablecloth! This protects your lovely house from getting covered in paint, but also allows young children the freedom to move about and be really creative with their whole body instead of sitting at a table. Stripping your little one down to a nappy also means less washing too as you can just plonk them straight in the bath!

Happy child with paint on feet
Feet are great for painting with!

 

Join in and get MESSY too!

Babies and toddlers learn from watching other people, so if they see you getting involved and covered in paint too, they will be curious and copy you! Who knows, you may enjoy it too?

Toddler and adult enjoying painting
It’s hard to tell who is having more fun here!

 

DITCH the paint brushes!

Unless your child is anxious about getting paint on their hands, leave the paint brushes in the box and use your body parts to create art instead! This allows them the freedom to investigate and explore the lovely colours and textures of paint, without having to pick up a brush!

Babies playing with paint
Very creative!

 

There are 5 tips and a bit of inspiration from the ARTventurers team that you can use at home to get creative with paint with your little ones. There are loads of benefits to letting children be creative with art from a young age, and these tips will help them do so! If the thought of letting your little one loose at home with paint still frightens you, an ARTventurers class takes the stress and worries away for you, so be sure to come along!

A Big Day out at the North East Baby and Toddler Show!

This weekend some of our north east team had a great day at the North East Baby and Toddler show which was held at Gateshead Stadium. It’s always a brilliant day out and the team had lots of fun chatting to parents, grandparents and gorgeous little people, getting very broody over so many beautiful newborns and spreading the word about our colourful, creative classes, events and parties! It’s also always a great chance to catch up with some of the other brilliant businesses in the region – so much talent and expertise out there!

Here’s a photo of Fiona (Sunderland), Emily (Newcastle/Gateshead) and Laura (South Tyneside) beside our colourful stand – sorry it’s a bit blurry!

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Looking forward to next year!

Pink, red and hearts galore – it’s Valentine’s Day!

This week we’re exploring red, pink, hearts galore and having tons of creative fun with a Valentine’s theme. Our focus has also been on developing fine and gross motor skills – whilst getting messy in the process!

Our babies have been mark making in flour (with flowers!), exploring gloop and painting with balls!

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Whilst our older class have been painting with bouncy balls and creating fabulous cards with their designs, lacing, practicing cutting with scissors and moulding, cutting and rolling with pink sparkly playdough!

toddler valentine craft

toddler valentine activities

Toddler lacing craft

Toddler valenting card

painting with balls

We have also made what I think are the cutest footprint cards EVER!

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