Why we love art and creative play!

Why we love art and creative play!

5 reasons why art and creative play activities are SO important for babies, toddlers and children…

Whether it is paint, glue, glitter, squidging, squishing or modelling, children love them all! However, the daunting prospect of cleaning up afterwards put many parents off doing art and creative activities with their young ones. Despite that, here are 5 GREAT reasons to let your little ones bring their imaginations to life, however messy that may be…

 

1) To develop their motor skills!
Baby ARTventurers will build up their hand-eye coordination with activities such as stacking, scooping, stirring and pouring, whilst squidging and moulding are great for muscle tone! For the older ARTventurers, playing with paint and using scissors all help to develop hand muscles and fine motor skills to prepare them for writing. An ARTventurers favourite is painting with GIANT balls – rolling them in paint and then across the paper – which is brilliant for co-ordination and team work!


2) To help with their communication!
Art and creative play is a fantastic way for babies and toddlers to interact with grown-ups and other children, whilst learning new words and phrases. Making marks on various materials is your child’s way of expressing themselves to you visually, while talking about shapes and colours helps pre-school language skills. Our FAB ARTventurers classes incorporate music making and singing too!


3) To allow them to express their feelings!
Painting and modelling (or just simply exploring a messy play tray during an ARTventurers class) allows little ones to express themselves when their verbal language skills are not fully developed yet! Active creative play also enables kids to release energy and it is a great stress reliever and can be GREAT for frustrated toddlers. Studies show that this can help with biting problems too!


4) To improve their self-esteem!
The main aim of ARTventurers is to develop and encourage ‘confident explorers’, so all sessions are designed with children’s natural curiosity in mind! Here at ARTventurers, we strongly believe in the value of free-flowing activities and the benefits they can have on our little artists. We believe that there is no right or wrong way to do messy play, so long as everyone is having FUN! This approach to creativity helps build self-confidence – as does putting their artwork on the fridge to show it off!


5) To learn to be hands-on!
Children learn by using their senses and so the sensory, hands-on nature of art makes it a great tool! It enables children to learn about the amazing world by DOING – mixing paint, colours, drawing and painting objects such as animals! Trying out different tools and materials in an ARTventurers class increases sensory stimulation which is vital for brain development!

It’s All About the Paint!

It’s All About the Paint!

We LOVE paint at ARTventurers – paint is a fantastic medium for babies and toddlers to really get stuck into. It’s a great tool for early mark making, it’s sensory, it’s colourful, it’s satisfying and it’s FUN!

painting with baby

 

At our Baby ARTventurers classes we explore lots of different types of paint (including our fave edible stuff!) and help show the grown ups the best way to get started painting with babies – at this age it’s all about exploring rather than creating great masterpieces…whilst having lots of fun together in the process!

 

Baby ARTventurers – the science behind it! …why art and creative play is so important for babies

At ARTventurers we are passionate about getting babies, toddlers and children involved in art and creative play from an early age and our Baby ARTventurers sessions are specifically designed for babies aged 6 to 18 months.

At Baby ARTventurers we encourage our babies and younger toddlers to explore, feel, create, squidge, squish, pour and get as messy as they want to! Messy, creative, sensory play in a safe and secure environment is a vital developmental aid for little people. Children are active learners and learn through play. Messy play is particularly valuable because it stimulates many of their senses at once – they can feel, smell, see, and sometimes even taste the consequences of their messy active play!

How will my baby/toddler benefit from messy/sensory play and involvement in early art activities?
Physical Development
Messy, sensory, creative play is extremely important for development of motor skills and coordination. Activities such as stacking, pouring, scooping, stirring will develop eye-hand coordination and squidging, pulling and moulding play dough is great for muscle tone. Practicing mark making with paint or shaving cream and using tongs will develop fine motor skills. Hands-on activities provide opportunities for little ones to compare textures such as smooth, rough, hard and soft.

Communication and Language Development
Creative play is a great aid to language development and communication – a fantastic way for babies and toddlers to interact with grown ups and other children, learn new words and phrases and use their imagination in exploring their surroundings and the sensory experiences on offer. What might look to us like a plain old tray of jelly could easily become a dinosaurs home, alien slime or a fairy’s bouncy castle! When a baby or toddler makes his or her first marks on paper or creates their first painting, this is their early attempts at expressing themselves to you visually. We also use singing and music making in our Baby ARTventurers classes as an aid to language development – as well as it being lots of fun!

Personal, Emotional and Social Development
Baby ARTventurers sessions are carefully planned and designed with children’s natural curiosity in mind. We believe strongly in the value of free flow activities for young children and the benefits of free art. There is no “right” or wrong way for children to do creative, messy play. The activities are child led, supported by you as their grown ups. This approach to creativity builds self-confidence and self-esteem. Through creative play and activities, the children will also develop concentration, problem-solving and planning – measuring, pouring, experimenting – and playing alongside other children allows early friendships and sharing skills to develop.

Intellectual and mathematical development
Creative play and early art activities provide endless opportunities for learning – numbers, colours, shapes and so on. Younger babies and toddlers learn an awful lot from observing older children in action.

Creative Development
Baby ARTventurers sessions provide babies and younger toddlers with a wide variety of materials to build imagination and creativity. Through sensory experiences, the children can respond to what they see, hear, feel, touch and smell. The creative process of painting, making shapes, squishing or squidging allows little people to express themselves in their own way, especially important when their verbal language skills are not yet fully developed.


We hope that you and your baby/toddler enjoy your creative journey with us and if you have any questions about any of the activities during our sessions or you want advice on creative play to try at home then please just give us a shout!