Messy Play Class? We’re much more than that!

Messy Play Class? We’re much more than that!

We sometimes get asked “Is ARTventurers a messy play class?”

The answer is no, ARTventurers is MUCH MORE than a messy play class! YES, we’re all about learning through play and there is some mess involved (ha ha!) but we’re an ART class with the firm focus on art based activities and encouraging our ARTventurers to experiment with different mediums and techniques too!

With our Baby ARTventurers we help them (and their grown ups!) to get involved with paint, to do some early mark making and to create precious first masterpieces. Our older Little ARTventurers are encouraged to further develop their skills and learning through lots of different creative and art based activities….plus in all of our classes we have LOTS of fun singing and dancing and getting stuck in to sensory activities too!

Our award winning classes have scooped a number of major national awards, including being named Best Baby/Toddler Development Activity 2017, Best Preschool Activity 2017 and 2018, Most Loved Baby Activity 2020 and Most Loved Academic/Creative Activity 2019, 2020 and 2021in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards!!!

SO if you’re not already an ARTventurer….visit our Find A Class page to find out how your little artist can join THE most colourful class in town!

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!