ARTventurers

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Bouncy ball painting!

Over the last couple of weeks at some of our classes we’ve been exploring Circles – printing, puppet making, circle collages and lots more! One of our favourite activities has been bouncy ball painting – always a big hit!

Bouncy ball painting is a super simple activity to try at home with your own little artists. You just need a rimmed tray, some bouncy balls, paper and paint! Pop the paper on the tray, dip the balls in the paint, place the balls on the paper and get started! Get your little one to tip and move the tray to roll the balls across the paper and watch some fab patterns emerge!

 

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bouncy ball painting

toddler painting activity

messy play class

 

Great for developing fine and gross motor skills, coordination, learning about cause and effect, colour mixing – and tons of fun too!… try using different size balls or textured balls – tumble dryer balls make some great patterns!


The North East Baby and Toddler Roadshow

Yesterday ARTventurers visited the North East Baby and Toddler RoadshowImageImage 

Emily from ARTventurers Newcastle and Gateshead and Fiona from ARTventurers Sunderland – and Arty Bear!) had tons of fun chatting to lots of mums, dads, carers and gorgeous little people – and there were some very creative entries for our colouring competition!

It was a great day and we’re looking forward to next year already!

 


Brave Knights and Fierce Dragons!

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This week it’s been all about Knights and Dragons in our own nod to St George’s Day, ARTventurers style!

The Little ARTventurers in Liverpool, York and Sunderland have been having tons of fun creating royal crowns, making egg box dragons (will yours be a scary dragon or a friendly one??), paper cup dragons, knights shields with shiny paint and tinfoil and hunting for castles, knights and dragons in lots of foam!

Great fun and a big hit with all the toddlers and pre-schoolers!

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Mothers Day treats!

This week at our ARTventurers classes we’ve been hard at work making extra special pressies and cards for mummies, grans, nans and aunties ready for Mother’s Day on the 30th March.

We’ve been making rainbow footprint butterfly cards with our babies……..

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Decorating plantpots and planting gorgeous sunflowers with our Little ARTventurers……

toddler painted plantpot

toddler plantpot craft

 

…and making some super special cards at our toddler and pre school classes as well as some fabulous handprint art!handprint flower2014-03-25 10.33.412014-03-25 13.47.132014-03-27 10.30.57

Happy Mother’s Day to all the fabulous much deserving mummies, grans, grandmas, step mums and carers out there – hope you all have a lovely day spending it with your little people xx


ARTventurers on You Tube!

Creeping ever so slowly into the brave new world and this week ARTventurers has joined YouTube!

Check out our very first little video here – find out a bit about what we get up to and how to join in the fun!


St Patrick’s Day fun!

This week we’ve been having tons of fun with the colour green in our own nod to St Patrick!

We’ve been printing with bubble wrap, practicing cutting with scissors and using our strong muscles to rip up tissue paper and create these fab lucky four leafed clovers…..

st patricks day toddler craft

st patricks day art activity

green themed toddler activity

We’ve been printing with cookie cutters in different shades of green…..

cookie cutter printing

toddler printing activity

And exploring some very bright green spaghetti!

sensory play with spaghetti

We also had fun experimenting painting with watercolours (very swishy!), colour mixing, and getting very painty in the process!

toddler watercolour painting

toddler painting activity

 

toddler messy play class

Happy St Patrick’s Day all!


Durham classes launching soon!

We’re really thrilled that our little team is expanding across the country and our baby and toddler art classes in Durham are launching at Newton Hall Community centre in Durham at the beginning of May!

You can find out more about Caroline’s Durham classes over at http://www.artventurers.co.uk/durham – and to find a class nearest to you pop over to http://www.artventurers.co.uk/find-a-class

We have some more exciting locations launching very soon – excited!!!

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Painting for Pusdey


Oranges and Lemons….

This week at Little ARTventurers we’re having tons of Nursery Rhyme themed fun – incy wincy spiders, humpty dumptys, pat-a-cake in sand and printing with oranges and lemons (say the bells of St Clements!)

Fruit printing is really simple for all ages, sensory (touch, feel and smell!) and can produce some fab colourful artwork!

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Making smooth and squishy sensory bags!

Last week we had tons of fun exploring “Rough and Smooth”…painting on rough sandpaper and smooth shiny tinfoil, bumpy porridge paint, textured butterflies and creating our own squishy sensory bags!

The bags were a HUGE hits – lots of “Again again!”s echoing around the room.

We got large ziplock bags and had lots of fun squirting different coloured paints into them as well as adding some foam, bits of tissue paper, sprinkles of glitter…..

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What’s in your bag? Paint and lots of glitter!

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Squeeze!

Then (and this is the important bit!) – we sealed the bags shut! Then placed them flat on the table and used our hands to squish, squidge, move and smooth the paint and foam around to make some fantastic patterns and different colours. A great exercise in colour mixing and for the older ones we also had a go at tracing letters and shapes with our fingers which was good fun.

sensory bag activity

It feels smooth!

sensory bag activity, toddler art class

Moving the paint around and creating some fab colours and patterns!

 

A lovely tactile, sensory activity – and low mess too!

toddler art class

Look what I made!


Shaving foam sensory play!

This week at Baby ARTventurers we’re getting out the shaving foam for some fluffy sensory play!

Shaving foam messy play for babies

She was certainly having a whale of a time in the foam!

Playing with shaving foam is a great sensory and learning experience for babies and tots – however make sure the little ones are closely supervised as obviously it shouldn’t be eaten and some children may have skin that is a bit too sensitive for it (we do always use the foam suitable for sensitive skin)

Making tracks with diggers!

Making tracks with diggers!

Scooping, squishing, smearing, making tracks with trucks and diggers, drawing shapes and making ice creams and milkshakes, building foamy towers and then knocking them down…..foam play is always huge hit! You can add a little drop of food colouring to jazz it up too. Last term I did foam play on a table for my older toddlers and covered the table with a layer of bubble wrap first which was a great extra sensory experience!

What does it feel like on my toes....?

What does it feel like on my toes….?

Shaving foam sensory play

Shaving foam on bubble wrap!

For older toddlers shaving foam is a great tool for early mark making and trying out letters and shapes – children who haven’t yet mastered the pencil grip can really enjoy drawing and shape making with instant results and without frustration.

Toddler messy play shaving foam

What’s hiding in the foam…?

Plus it leaves our play tray really lovely and clean!