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!

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!