Our top 10-must do creative activities during lockdown 2020

Were at the end of week 2 of self isolation/lockdown and I don’t know about you but we have had great fun at keeping busy with lots of fun activities, especially lots of creative and ARTy fun!

Open ended messy and creative play activities can keep little ones entertained for ages! PLUS whilst they are having oddles of fun they are also learning and developing skills such as communication, fine and gross motor skills, concentration, hand-eye co-ordination, cause and effect, problem solving…the possabilities are endless!

So here are our top 10 must do creative activities to try at home during lockdown!

1. Painting with flowers and nature

head out into the garden or on a walk collect some natural resources such as twigs, flowers, leaves- then you can then enjoy painting with.

2. Homemade playdough

We love homemade playdough at ARTventurers! As long as it’s kept in an airtight container it will last a fair while enough for LOTS of creative fun. You can use store cupboard utensils such as rolling pins, cookie cutters, cupcake case or pans, cake stands (make an afternoon tea), plates, child safe knifes and spoons.

3. Gloop Fun

This has to be one of the most loved activities in our ARTventurers classes and we couldn’t not give this a try at home! It is super easy to make all you need is: 1 box of cornflour, 300ml of water and food colouring (optional). gradually add the water to the corn flour- add a little more water if needed. gloop should look like water but when you dig your hands in it should feel solid! Lots of fun and great for science too!

4. Cloud dough fun!

Another much loved activity has to be our chocolate cloud dough which is diary free too, if using cocoa powder (check ingredients first as some are not, I get mine from Aldi). You can also just use flour and oil to make plain cloud dough, perfect as an edible sand- taste safe for our littlest of ARTventurers.

5. Colouring Mixing Art Activity

We love to experiment with colours using paint. My ARTventurer loved doing this by using his hands however you could use a paint brush instead. There is so many different colours that you can make by mixing 2 colours together but why not try mixing 3 colours or even 4- I wonder what colours your little ones will make?

6. Tape Resist Painting

All you need is a canvas board or card works just as well (this is what we used for Mr ARTventurers birthday card), masking tape, scissors, paint and sponges. What you need to do first is to decide on what letter or word you would like to have on your canvas/card. Once the masking tape is done let your little one get super creative by dabbing the sponge on the canvas/card making sure you cover all over the masking tape. Leave the paint to fully dry before taking off the tape to reveal your masterpiece!

7. Threading with Cheerios

Why not use your homemade playdough? A super fun and simple activity great for little hands to develop their fine motor skills plus their concentration and hand-eye co-ordination skills. Why not extend their development further by introducing mathematical language such as counting and measure e.g. tall and short.

8. Shaving foam ‘Cement and blocks’

All you need is a can of shaving foam and some wooden building blocks. We’ve used a tuff tray put a plastic ‘storage box’ would work well or why not use the bath (super easy to wash away afterwards). You can add household utensils such as spatulas to aid with their building. Using the foam as cement let your littles ones imagination run wild as the build and create their masterpieces.

9. Painting with cars-Process Art

Such a fun process art activity! If you have a slide you could put the paper on the slide and dot paint on the paper and allow your little one to zoom the cars down the slide-great fun. Also why not have a go with painting with dinosaurs, dulpo blocks and farm animals too!

10. Blow Art Painting

For this activity you need some water down paint, straw and paper. Drip the paint onto the paper using a spoon or pipette. Then using the straw blow the paint around the paper to create some crazy patterns. Add some more colours too and see what happens! Then once the paint is dry, use the pen to make your painty shapes into a crazy monster or any creature you wish!

I hope you have as much fun as we did when enjoying these activities at home!

Stacey x

Our Bright and Colourful Edible Paint

This week we had one of our super special sessions – ‘My First ARTventure’ which is a gentle introduction into our sparkly, colourful, often messy classes for babies aged 3-6months. I took along our fabulous edible paint which went down a treat with both our teeny artists and their mummy’s! So i thought I would share our super easy recipe with you all 🙂

Edible paint recipe

1 cup of corn flour 1/2 cup of cold water

2 cups of boiling water

Liquid food colouring

Method: Mix the cornflour with the cold water and stir together. Pour in the boiling water and stir between each cup. It goes really strange but keep stirring and it turns into a custardy type consistency. If you aren’t getting the right consistency try a little bit more cornflour or put it over the heat on your hob to warm it up a little whilst stirring. Now your ready to separate into individual containers and stir in a drop or two of food colouring to colour.

Now its time to have lots of colourful creative, messy, painty fun! Just like one of our teeny artists 🙂

Baby class, Toddler class and Messy Play in Mansfield, Southwell and Sutton-in-Ashfield

Looking for a baby class, toddler class or messy play in Mansfield, Southwell or Sutton-in-Ashfield?

Meet Stacey- local mum and owner of ARTventurers Mansfield, Southwell and Sutton-in-Ashfield. (along with her own Little ARTventurer!)

Stacey has a BA Hons in Early Years and runs our award winning ARTventurers art classes for babies, toddlers and children in the Mansfield, Southwell and Sutton-in-Ashfield area- 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 Stacey’s website to find out where her classes run in Mansfield, Southwell and Sutton-in-Ashfield!