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!
Introducing your little artist to paint at home the ARTventurers way!
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…
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!
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.
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!
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?
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!
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!
Today I’ve been having SO much fun with some of our Baby ARTventurers – exploring an autumn theme! Some of the babies in this particular class were really young – a couple of them weren’t quite 6 months old yet but it never fails to amaze me (and make me smile!) to see how much enjoyment and benefit they get from creative and messy play at such a young age!
I’ve written LOADS of articles in the past about the benefits of creative play for babies and children and why ART is so great for kids, but this little graphic above and the smiles I saw this morning say it all!
Baby ARTventurers ROCKS….if you haven’t brought your little one along to join in the fun yet then what are you waiting for?!