Mumbler reviews ARTventurers North Leeds colourful, messy baby and children’s art classes!
If you’re anything like me I loved the idea of arts and crafts with my two but the clearing up of both the children and house put me off!! We have attended ARTventurers North Leeds school holiday workshops (which are brilliant, the lanterns still have pride of place in their bedrooms!) but we hadn’t been to their weekly family classes. Louise and her mini Mumbler popped along to a session this week, read what they thought below.
ARTventurers classes are all about learning, development and having FUN through art and creative play. Each session has a different theme, starting with a song, free-flow play at art stations and ends with singing. This was great for my little boy Jack who is 2.5 years and wants to play freely. As soon as I saw the colourful, creative stations to explore, I knew we would have a great time!
We received a lovely welcome from Catherine and it instantly felt relaxed and friendly. The session kicked off with a warm up song/dance, followed by a reveal of the theme from the magic craft box; St.Patrick’s Day. Catherine was very engaging as she talked through each of the activities, all cleverly executed to appeal to little minds.
Jack couldn’t wait to get his hands (and feet!) involved and eagerly headed over to make a Leprechaun hat. It was simple enough for him to do, plus he enjoyed getting sticky and showing off his creation.
We then moved to the sensory play areas which were a huge hit. The sandpit, with green cloudough and the green jelly tray, were great fun. Jack took great delight in squelching and squishing with his hands and feet. There is always a wet and dry pit every week and all the children loved the sensory play.
Next was definitely Jack’s highlight…paint! Catherine gently painted Jack’s feet to create a shamrock footprint picture. Jack then relished in painting his own feet and stomping around the messy paint area.
The last station we visited involved mixing yellow and blue paint (and glitter!) to make the colour green. It was a great way to educate children whilst being creative.
The session ended with washing hands and a biscuit. We then all sang songs, which was a brilliant way to bring all the children together for the end of a really fun session.
It was a fantastic class where Jack thoroughly enjoyed the creative play (his messy feet are proof!) and having little pieces of art and craft to bring home was a bonus. …and leaving the mess behind was a winner for me!
Sessions run on Tuesday, 10.15-11.15am at St Barnabas Church Centre, The View, Alwoodley, LS17 7NA and Friday, 10.10-11.10am at AIWCA, New Adel Lane, Adel, LS16 6AZ.
Each session is 1 hour long and are suitable from 6 months – 4 year. The cost is £6.50 per session when you sign up for the term and they also have a variety of ticket options available, see the website for more details.
ARTventurers are also available for parties and run school holiday workshops and classes!