ARTventurers Corbridge Friday Fun!!


We are absolutely delighted that ARTventurers Tyne Valley is expanding!!  From January our weekly timetable will now include term time classes in Corbridge!  Join us every Friday afternoon at 1pm in the Parish Hall, and kick start your weekend with an explosion of glitter and paint!  Our Corbridge sessions will be a mixed Family class suitable from 6 months to preschool age.  Including tonnes of creative and colourful sensory fun, singing, dancing and of course armfuls of gorgeous, lovingly created, art and crafts to take home each week!

Places must be pre-booked in advance and are filling fast!

To secure your place today, click on the link below..

(Our first term will be a 4 week block starting on January 19th 2018, costing £24.00)

Any queries please contact

Baby class, Toddler class and Messy Play in Northumberland!

Looking for a baby class, toddler class or messy play in Northumberland?
Meet Justine – local mum and owner of ARTventurers Tyne Valley and Newcastle West!

(complete with her faithful assistant ARTy Bear!)


Justine runs our award winning ARTventurers art classes for babies, toddlers and children in the Tyne Valley 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 Justine’s website to find out where her classes run in Northumberland!



Any queries about any of our Award Winning Classes, please e-mail 







ARTventurers Tyne Valley – TOP 10 Sensory Play Ideas!

ARTventurers Tyne Valley – TOP 10 Sensory Play Ideas!

At ARTventurers we LOVE ART!! Simply that.  From painting, to moulding, to crafting to making, sticking, mixing, cutting, folding, stamping…ok, basically anything that can inspire a young mind to be creative!  We want to give children the basic building blocks to define their individuality and to help express themselves to others around them.  Part of our obsession for art also includes the same love for sensory play, studies have shown this to be one of the most important factors in every child’s early development.  From the day we are born, babies and young children use their senses to explore the world around them, learning and developing though touch, taste, smell, sight and sound.  At an ARTventurers class we therefore understand the importance of creating an environment that allows children to do all of the above, whilst having tonnes of fun at the same time!

Our classes are themed so that no two weeks are ever the same.  Our sensory play uses a mix of tuff trays, water pools and different painting surfaces to stimulate even the tiniest of minds. What’s a Tuff Tray I hear you ask? Well essentially it is an octagonal plastic tray originally used in the building industry to mix concrete! But to us here at ARTventurers it is so much more than that.  Our Tuff Trays are a blank canvas, a tool for us to ignite your little ones curiosity and imagination, to provide a safe environment for them to explore, learn and most importantly have fun!

During those early years there is no denying that the process of learning through sensory play can get a little messy!! But as I always say in class ‘it doesn’t matter’, after all we clear up all the mess! The added bonus is the photos are fantastic, OK some of them are just plain hilarious! And if you attend a class it’s safe to say I will provide you with plenty of those all embarrassing 18th birthday party pictures for you to wheel out in years to come. Imagine your Facebook time hop in 15 years from now! You will be reminiscing about the time you came to a fab ARTventurers (did I mention we are now award winning? Franchise of the Year 2017!) class with your little one, where you had so much fun, laughed, sang, danced, made friends and got to take home lots of keepsakes that you still own and have kept safe many years later.

So with all of that in mind I thought I would put together our Top 10 sensory play ideas! There are many, many different materials that can be used for sensory play, far too many to mention them all, but listed below are just a few of my personal favourites here at ARTventurers Tyne Valley!


Spaghetti is a great activity to work on those all important fine motor skills.  Improving concentration as tiny fingers try their best to pick up an individual strand, lifting, pulling and stretching the pasta from the tray!  Coloured with different food dyes it can make an eye catching arrangement for little ones to go and explore!


Rice could entertain a room full of children for hours on end, they all LOVE it! Using scoops, shovels, sifts and funnels, you can pour it, rake it, bury toys in it or simply enjoy running your hands thru the individual grains time after time! Perhaps the ultimate sensory material for improving hand eye coordination and fine and gross motor skills!


Jelly is always the sensory activity that our little ones love the most, after all it tastes so yummy!!  The touch of it is unlike anything they have usually come across before so it makes for great viewing as they investigate what it is!  Cold, wet, slippery, slimy, smooth but smells so lovely too?  Great to squish, squidge, splodge and splash!!  A ‘sensory sensation’ all in one tray!


Perfect for ‘scooping and pouring’ (one our favourite skills at ARTventurers!) and working on hand eye co-ordination transferring the oats into different pots and pans or trying to catch them as they pour out!


Very similar to the oats in terms of play, perfect for filling and pouring into bowls, mixing with spoons and with the added benefit that it tastes good too!


A fab silky texture which is great to ‘squish and squeeze’ for even the youngest of hands.  It also has enough body to form and create fun shapes but then falls apart for little ones to mould into something new!  Perfect for sparking imaginative play!


Great for early mark making and letter writing by running fingers through the flour to create shapes, it can then be flattened out to start all over again!


So much fun and loved by our smallest babies, to toddlers and even our adults too!! A foam party in a tray! Everyone just loves a ‘foamy fro’ or a Father Christmas beard, it can be moulded into snowballs or squished between our fingers and toes!  I could do foam every week in class and we would never get bored of it!!


Feels so silky and slimy yet smells amazing too!!  Perfect for hiding toys within, mark making and pouring backwards and forwards into different containers, always trying to improve our hand/ eye coordination!  Lovely to see the younger babies trying to pick up handfuls and then watching as it trickles out thru their little hands!  Always a firm favourite in class!


This is one of my personal favourites!! I have very fond memories from when I was younger, being in the kitchen with my mum and older sister making homemade play dough together!!  Nothing beats the smell of it freshly made and still warm from the pan.  Great as a workout for little fingers, building up strength in all their tiny hand muscles and tendons, preparing little ones for pencil and scissor control later on.  Good also as an introduction to colour mixing, red and yellow rolled together makes…! Easy to add different scents too such as mint, cinnamon, lemon, rose or lavender!  And you can allow the children to mix in different textures too such as lentils or oats!!  An open ended story, play dough allows for the imagination to run wild and create whatever our little artists may desire!


Happy Birthday ARTy Bear!!

Happy Birthday ARTy Bear!!

Our favourite little bear turned one this week as ARTventurers Tyne Valley celebrated it’s 1st Birthday in style!!  We had so much fun and ARTy Bear and myself are overwhelmed with all the lovely birthday wishes we have received from everyone! Thank you!

Our Baby ARTventurers had a big birthday bash with jelly and custard…

…foam and balloons…


…and rainbow sprinkle rice!

Our Little ARTventurers came back full of smiles and dived straight back into all of the craft activities that ARTy Bear had planned for them!  Collage cakes, a birthday banner, balloon painting and party hats were all made with much enthusiasm as always!

During our first week of term we also met lots and lots of new little friends to play with, and welcomed back some that we already knew!

We even had time for some parachute fun at the end…

… and finished our classes with of course lots and lots of…cake!!! Mmmm!

Thanks once again for everyone who came this week to celebrate ARTy Bears birthday and a big thank you to everyone who has supported ARTventurers Tyne Valley since we began back in January last year!  It’s been an amazing 12 months full of loads and loads of brilliant times.  I never knew I could have a job where I would laugh so much, but honestly that is my overwhelming memory from this past year! What fun we have had, can’t wait to do it all again in 2017!!

Lots of Love

Justine and ARTy Bear


A colourful bubble of paint and glitter!

Our new term is fast approaching!

…and with that so is the 9 month mark of when I started my ARTventure back in January!

The months have flown by in a colourful bubble of paint, glitter and lots of laughter!  There’s been caterpillars, tigers and fish, a messy Mother’s Day, a graduation, muddy puddles, a fab day out at Wimbledon and the infamous ‘forgotten t-shirt’ week in Ponteland “don’t worry guys it’s not a messy week”……..yeah I know, we totally jinxed that one!!! #carnage!


My baby ARTventurers are growing up right before my very eyes…. they’ve learnt to sit, crawl, stand and walk!! I’m so proud as their confidence grows and personalities emerge each week.


And my little ARTventurers have learnt to paint, stick, mould, draw, imagine and create! I love to see their reactions to the different themes each week and I promise we will have ‘Thomas the Tank’ very soon!13606695_299576463720296_1180828203769203764_n-3

There’s been singing and dancing – clapping, nodding and stamping!!  We’ve learnt the songs together and made up our own dance moves when I forgot the proper ones!  We all understand that ‘more is always less’ when it comes to glitter and sparkle…don’t worry I’ve replenished the supplies over the summer!  And finally, its safe to say we now know most babies definately prefer jelly and spaghetti when they start weaning, who needs Annabel Karmel eh?!

ARTventurers tyne valley hexham baby class messy paint

My house, car, husband, children and Bobby the cat have a constant sparkle, thankfully none of them seem to mind too much!! In fact it would appear that Mr ARTventurer has embraced his role very seriously!! By day he jumps into burning buildings to save lives (ok, most of the time he just rescues pigeons?!). But so far he has also drawn out pears, turtles and bunny ears and counted out numerous random shapes “how many more do I need?”.  He has built two 8 foot candy canes, created tractors, castles and a minion house out of cardboard boxes, and put together a portable Olympic podium!  Most recently he topped them all when he made me THE most amazing ‘Stick Man’ you will ever see (although I’m still waiting for his Stick Lady Love!! please!!!)

ARTventurers tyne valley homemade wooden stick man julia donaldson

So on Monday off we go again with the start of our new term and I can’t wait!! More fun, more arts and crafts, more laughter and more memories to add to those already made!! Who says going to work is boring?! I LOVE my job!!

A big thank you to all those who have been to classes, holiday sessions, workshops, parties and playgroups since the start of the year, its been amazing getting to know you all!

See you all very soon!

Love Justine x


If you haven’t already signed up to our new September – October term and would like to join us then please follow the link below…

To find out what we’ve been getting up to this week, why not pop over to our Facebook page!


Time flies when you’re having FUN!!

Time flies when you’re having FUN!!

Well its been a super busy, super sparkly first 6 months for me and ARTventurers Tyne Valley and what fun we have had!  I can’t quite believe how quickly the time has gone by and that we are now officially half way through our first year.  I really do need to say a huge thank you to everyone who has attended our weekly classes, holiday sessions and one off workshops since we started, you have all been amazing!  I really am so lucky that my job is to sing, dance, create, chat and play with so many wonderful babies, children and adults!  When people ask me what I do for a living, well yes I run creative, colourful, arts and craft classes BUT most of all I laugh, lots!!!  Simply, my job is to have FUN, and tonnes of it!!!


This term we entertained the little ones with lots of exciting themes! We started with a creepy crawly ‘Ugly Bugs Ball’, saved the world with our ‘Superhero’ week and learnt ‘All about Me’ (where we made the most gorgeous letter art canvases!).  We went to Wimbledon and the Seaside, and finally ended with an end of year Teddy Bear Picnic and Graduation!!  So much fun, loads of lovely photos and memories made to last a lifetime!!


Our weekly classes are now on a break over the summer but we will be back in Hexham, Prudhoe and Ponteland in September and bookings are now OPEN!!  Don’t worry though as I will of course be bringing you some of our ARTventurers fun in August too…

Check out the website for more details!

Justine x