Why ART is brilliant for helping develop motor skills!

Why ART is brilliant for helping develop motor skills!

What are motor skills?
Motor skills occur when the brain, nervous system and muscles all work together to make movements. Fine motor skills entail small movements and require hand-eye coordination – things like picking things up with fingers, doing puzzles and using tools or instruments. Gross motor skills involve using the whole body to make large movements, such as running, jumping, catching, throwing, kicking and hopping. Young children need concentration and time to learn these skills – and ART is great for helping them to do just that!
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If you’ve ever brought your little one along to ARTventurers, you’ll have seen your child working on developing these skills without even realising – movements like holding a paint tool, swatting with our favourite paint covered fly swatters, scooping and pouring, modelling…..or one of our ARTventurers favorites, beach ball painting on a BIG ART scale!

So next time you see your ARTventurer engaged in one of our activities at class – take a minute to watch what they’re doing and how their fine and gross motor skills really are being developed through ART.

ARTventurers – we’re all about learning and developing through art and creative play!
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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!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Half Term Fun!

It’s been a busy half term week in the world of ARTventurers and we’ve been loving the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired sessions that took place in Sunderland, South Tyneside and Newark!

From creating fabulous Willy Wonka hats…….

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to visiting the Inventing Room to design delicious, colourful and sometimes downright crazy sweets…….

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…visiting the Cupcake Design station to whip up something tasty (and there were a few self appointed Taste Testers!)

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squeezing and squishing some most delicious playdough and creating all sorts of tempting treats……….

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…playing with mutlicolored rainbow rice and scooping and pouring through our bottles of Fizzy Lifting Drink!

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painting and exploring………

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squidging in trays of delicious smelling chocolate-y ness (what an amazing sensory experience for these little ones!)

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playing and making new friends……..

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and singing and dancing in our own Bubble Room!

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Willy Wonka’s words have never been truer!

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And wouldn’t this be the most amazing theme for an ARTventurers arty birthday party too?!

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