What our Baby ARTventurers have been up to today!

messy play for babies


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?!

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!