Poppies

Poppies

V.E Day is fast approaching and so it’s time to decorate our windows in remembrance. Poppies are such an easy thing for little people to create and are clearly recognisable too.

There are LOADS of ways you can create poppies for display including painting hands, balloons or old CDs.

If you’d like to have a go at CD Printed Poppies, just click the link for a short video showing you how! You just need some old CDs, red, black and green paint, some paper and some scissors if you’d like to cut them out to display. They look really effective and are super simple too!

Poppies
Finished poppies

We’re running a full day of activities on Friday in our Facebook group if you’d like to join us. Just head to The Big Neighbourhood V.E Day 75 Family Festival At Home! and there’ll be information on what will be happening and when throughout the day. We can’t wait!

Stained Glass Window Painting

Another week of lockdown is nearly over and I’m sure, if your little ones are anything like mine, they’ve eaten you out of house and home, played with everything going, coloured in the entire outside using chalk, tried to poison you with their baking and are still desperately searching for some activities to do! Don’t they ever seem to get tired?! I bet you’re now looking for some Easter activities to keep them occupied over this unusual weekend. We’re happy to help!

Stained Glass Window Painting is a lovely activity that can be themed around absolutely anything. Our colourful example by ARTventurers South Manchester is Easter based. However, once Easter is over you could create a giant rainbow to thank the NHS. You could create a bear for the Going On A Bear Hunt idea that communities are taking part in. Or you could create absolutely anything else your littles fancy.

All you need are some masking tape, washing up liquid and washable children’s paints and you’re ready to go!

Use the masking tape on your window to create the outline of your design. Mix the paints you need with a drop of water and washing up liquid in a palette or in pots. Paint your design and leave it to dry – it will need a few coats to look vibrant and effective. Once it’s completely dry you can remove the masking tape and voila, your stained glass window is complete.

How to create a stained glass window painting

We hope you have fun with this and other Easter activities and it occupies your little ones for a wee while. We’d love to see some photos if you have a go – you can send them to jo@artventurers.co.uk or pop them in our community group on Facebook here.

Stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you on the other side.

Lots of love,
Jo and ARTy Bear
xxx

Spin Painting Fun

Spin Painting Fun

Seen as though a lot of us are now at home with our little ones for the foreseeable, I thought I’d post some easy activity ideas that only require a few simple materials.

First up, spin painting! One of our most popular activities in our classes, this is a wonderful activity. It promotes discussions around patterns, colours and shapes, as well as working on those gross motor skills and coordination. Throw in a sprinkling of glitter or sparkles when it’s finished and you can add fine motor skills development to the list of benefits too. And let’s not forget, it’s great fun! 

All you need is a salad spinner (click here for a link to buy one); some circles of thick paper or card; several colours of paint, ideally watered down slightly; some glitter or sparkles to sprinkle on if desired. 

Just pop a card circle into the spinner and drizzle on a few different colours of paint. Put the lid on and give it a really good spin. You may need to check it and drizzle a little more paint on depending on how it’s spread but that’s up to you! Once the paint has spread out and you’re happy with it you can sprinkle on a little glitter or a few sparkles if desired or place to one side to dry. 

The end results look great and often resemble fireworks! We usually use this activity around Bonfire Night, Chinese New Year and carnival season for that reason.

I hope you have some fun with this one but be prepared, they won’t just want to do one or two, you’ll end up with your very own gallery of spin paintings to display. 

Come back soon for some more easy activity ideas. Have a look at our Facebook and Instagram pages too for more ideas and inspiration.

Here are my three little artists having a go at this activity this week along with their finished creations. They were very against adding anything sparkly which is most unlike them but who am I to argue?!

What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019

The ARTventurers Team had some amazing news earlier this month – we were named Most Loved Academic/Creative Activity, Most Loved Party Entertainment AND Highly Commended for Most Loved Baby Activity in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019! I personally reached the final which was a huge surprise and I was overwhelmed at how many people voted for me to get me there in the Most Loved Academic/Creative Activity category – it was one of my lovely colleagues who scooped the award but to just be nominated, never mind reach the final, meant the absolute world to me.

If you’ve never heard of the What’s On Awards…..well, they’re kind of the Oscars of the children’s activity industry! They’re awards voted for by grown ups who come along to classes – so to be named nationally as the very best and most loved is an AMAZING achievement and we owe you all a very huge thank you for supporting ARTventurers in all that we do.

As we head into a half term filled with spooky creative fun, I’d just like to thank all of my ARTventurers big and small for all of your support and enthusiasm for my ARTventurers business. If you have a friend who you think would love to join in the award winning fun at our classes then please do spread the word – the more the merrier and, as a big THANK YOU, if a friend comes along and signs up for a term of sessions then you get a class FREE. 

(So bring 5 friends along who sign up = 5 FREE classes, how fab is that?!)

Here’s the East Midlands’ team timetable for this half term so you can see what fantastic things we have on offer for you all. Spaces are booking up quickly!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon for more ARTy fun!

Love Jo x

Autumn/Winter – A new term begins

How on Earth is it already September? It feels just like yesterday I was in the hospital having delivered my little bundle and that was way back in February!

That little bundle is 7 months tomorrow and definitely ready for our next term of ARTventurers to begin – he’s now hands into everything and trying to crawl. No longer will I be able to pop him on the floor next to a tray safe in the knowledge he’ll still be there when I go back, instead he’ll be fingers in everything, no doubt causing chaos along the way…just the way it should be. Here he is exploring the bolognaise sauce on his highchair, making sure he spreads it all as far as possible without actually managing to get any into his mouth!

Our sparkly new term starts this week and we’re all geared up for 5 weeks of creative, messy fun with themes such as transport and autumn to look forward to. As always there’ll be a fab mix of process art, craft, sensory and messy play for everyone to get stuck in to, as well as some singing, dancing and bubbles!

Places have booked up quickly and there are only a handful of spaces available across our three weekly venues now, though there are a few more available at our monthly Saturday class in Skellingthorpe and we’re hoping to finalise details for a new monthly Saturday class in the Retford area too very soon!

So, if you’d like to come along we’d love to see you, but just double check availability with us first and if we’re full we’ll add you to our waiting list and hopefully get to see you soon!

Jo and ARTy Bear x

Here’s a photo of some other cheeky babies having fun with some water play, bubbles and tea cups.

Baby class, Toddler class and Messy Play in Lincoln, Retford and Gainsborough!

Looking for a baby class, toddler class, messy play or party entertainment in Lincoln, Retford or Gainsborough?

Meet Jo – local mum and owner of ARTventurers Lincoln West, Retford and Gainsborough

(complete with one of her gorgeous kitties, Winnie!)


Jo is a trained Secondary English and Media Studies teacher and runs our award winning ARTventurers art classes for babies, toddlers and children in the Lincoln, Retford and Gainsborough areas – plus creative birthday parties and events too! We’re all about learning and development through art and creative play – lots of opportunities to create, explore, paint, sing and dance…and make messy memories together!

So if you are looking for a creative class for your baby and toddler then pop over to Jo’s website to find out where her classes run near you!

Spooctober is coming…

How is it nearly October already?! Blink and the summer is gone and we’re well on the way to (yes, I’m going to say it) Christmas! However, there’s a great ARTy opportunity coming up at the end of October and we’re currently preparing to hold three very special Spooktacular Party sessions.

As Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire half term holidays are different this time they’ll be held in our usual venues across two weeks – check out our timetable below. Each party session will provide little ones aged 6 months to 7 years with plenty of opportunities to get messy, creative, learn through play but most importantly, have loads of fun!

We’d love to see you there so if you fancy doing something different, then why not come along?

New term; new timetable!

As if the summer holidays are almost at an end! Where on Earth has that time gone? If, like me, you’re suddenly aware that ‘routine’ is starting again next week but you still feel like you should have another few weeks left of ‘holidays’, then hopefully a shiny new timetable for a sparkly new term should help ease the pain by filling your time with messy, ARTy fun.

There have been a few changes to our timetable for this term, most noticeably with the combination of our Baby and Little classes into mixed age classes. This should mean that those with little ones who are too old for one class or too young for the other can all join in together, and it will provide a good mix of both sensory/messy fun and art based activities for everyone to get stuck in to.

Here’s where you can find us and we hope to see you at a class very soon!

Much more than messy play!

Now our new term of ARTventurers is firmly underway I thought it was high time I posted about some of the fun we have, but also about one of the most important questions I get asked.

A question I’m asked regularly is, “Is it a messy play class?” and the answer is most definitely no, ARTventurers is much MORE than a messy play class! Yes, we’re all about learning through play and there is usually (ok, always) mess involved, ha ha, but in our older classes particularly we focus on art based activities and encourage the children to experiment with different mediums and techniques too. We try to offer opportunities for children to explore different colours, textures, shapes, sizes and to talk about what’s going on around them as they do it. We encourage cutting, sticking, spreading, rolling, sprinkling, scooping, pouring and LOADS of things that help both fine and gross motor skill development whilst still being loads of fun. Talking about what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, the different things they’re seeing and exploring helps their language and communication, as well as helping them to explore and develop their social skills with the other children in the class. The structured start and end to each class helps them to understand and appreciate routines and also allows us to use music and movement too and the weekly theme presents plenty of opportunities for different types of activities, both messy and creative.

So when people ask, “Is it a messy play class?” you’ll understand why our answer is always, “No, we’re much MORE!”

Here are a few photos of our lovely Baby and Little ARTventurers exploring over the last week or so.

Baby class, Toddler class and Messy Play in Lincoln, Retford and Gainsborough!

Looking for a baby class, toddler class or messy play in Lincoln, Retford or Gainsborough?

Meet Jo – local mum and owner of ARTventurers Lincoln West, Retford and Gainsborough

(complete with one of her gorgeous kitties, Winnie!)


Jo is a trained Secondary English and Media Studies teacher and runs our award winning ARTventurers art classes for babies, toddlers and children in the Lincoln, Retford and Gainsborough areas – plus creative birthday parties and events too! We’re all about learning and development through art and creative play – lots of opportunities to create, explore, paint, sing and dance…and make messy memories together!

So if you are looking for a creative class for your baby and toddler then pop over to Jo’s website to find out where her classes run near you!