Chinese Cherry Blossom

This fun printing activity couldn’t be simpler – for littlest ones you can just draw or paint the branch yourself before they start! Fab for Chinese New Year celebrations!

All you need is :

A large sheet of paper or card

Black and pink paint

A plastic bottle

A paintbrush

First step is to draw the branch – for little ones you can obviously easily do this for them before they get started, using paint or even a black marker!

Then you’re ready to get started – just dip and print to create the gorgeous cherry blossom

Super simple and really effective!

10 Reasons Why Art and Creative Play is so important for Children!

10 Reasons Why Art and Creative Play is so important for Children!

Get messy and have fun! 10 reasons why art and creative play activities are so important for babies, toddlers and children……

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Now I know that many parents are put off doing art and creative activities at home with their little ones because of the mess – which is why people love to come along to our ARTventurers classes where you can leave the mess behind for us to clear up!

But here’s a little reminder of why it’s so important for us to get our little ones involved in creative activities from an early age :

  • Children learn by using their senses and art is a great learning tool from a very early age – it’s a very sensory, hands on experience and young children learn best when learning involves their senses.

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Baby ARTventurers – exploring paint!

  • Art stimulates both sides of the brain – this means all children can participate successfully, it helps develop both sides of the brain and promote whole brain learning.

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Exploring and creating at a Family ARTventurers class – shapes, colors, building….

  • Art promotes self expression and self esteem – children love to show off their creations and love to see their artwork proudly displayed on the fridge or grandmas wall! It’s also a way in which they can express their emotions and is a great stress reliever – playing with playdough and the squeezing, squidging, pressing and cutting that playdough play involves is great for frustrated toddlers and some studies have shown that it can actually help with toddler biting problems!

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“All About Me” – look at my life size portrait!

  • Art and craft activities develop hand-eye coordination – holding a paintbrush, cutting with scissors, modeling with playdough…all help to practice and improve these skills

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This week we’re exploring rainbows…..and practicing our painting skills!

  • Art helps to develop creative thinking and problem solving abilities – from what color paint to use to what size cut to make in the paper and how they are going to make their imagined creation spring into reality.

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Working together to create something fabulous!

  • Art and craft activities aid concentration – because they are enjoying the activity they are willing to spend longer on it and this helps improve concentration skills over time

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Love this activity – painting with beach balls!

  • Studies show that children who participate in art activities read better and get higher grades in maths and science – creative activities give children a head start in basic math skills and geometry and even basic science…..think color mixing, mosaic patterns and bubble painting!

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Exploring different printing techniques

  • Art encourages children to think more about their environment – the colors around them, exploring different materials and tools and encouraging them to look around them.<img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-43" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.artventurers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/dino2.jpg?resize=300%2C300&ssl=1" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" srcset="https://i0 more tips here.wp.com/www.artventurers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/dino2.jpg?resize=300%2C300&ssl=1 300x, https://i0.wp.com/www.artventurers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/dino2.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1 150x, https://i0.wp.com/www.artventurers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/dino2.jpg?resize=768%2C768&ssl=1 768x, https://i0.wp.com/www.artventurers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/dino2.jpg?w=960&ssl=1 960x” alt=”dino2″ width=”300″ height=”300″ />

Painting with our dinosaur friends!

  • Art is a great social activity for all ages – encouraging friendships, group work and strengthening relationships with friends and family.

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 Our Baby ARTventurers – Hungry Caterpillar Week!

  • Art and craft is rewarding and fun!

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I’ve made a fairy toadstool!

Above all else, the important thing is to give your child the space and time to be creative and let them take the lead. Keep a box full of bits and pieces on hand (Tomorrow I’ll be posting a great ARTventurers blog post on our website about putting together a Magic Craft Box which is great to whip out on rainy days!)  – and try not to stress about the mess. If the sun is shining get outside and take the creativity into the yard! Creative activities are not just airy-fairy feel-good things –  they help your child develop intellectually, physically and socially. So get out the paint, glitter and glue and let’s get busy!

Super Sparkly Puffy Paint Snowflakes

Most kids love the snow and whether or not we see a snow day tomorrow these sparkly painty snowflakes are super cute and easy to make and a lovely art activity to try at home with little ones.  Watch our video below to see how it’s done, all the items you’ll need are listed underneath. Hung up in groups they make gorgeous decorations too! PLUS you can use the puffy paint to create other wintery masterpieces too!!

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You’ll need:

Some dark card or stiff paper

Paper doillies

PVA glue

Paint

Paintbrush

Glitter

Scissors

Some ribbon and tape if you’re going to hang them up at home!

Candy Cane Place Names

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My own three ARTventurers LOVE designing the place name settings for our Christmas dinner table every year so we’ll definitely be making these on Christmas Eve!

Your little ARTventurers can put their own spin on them too – with Christmas stickers, glitter, metallic pens…a lovely activity to keep them busy whilst you’re wrapping or cooking.

A full “how to” is below, but it really couldn’t be easier!

 

You’ll need :

Candy Canes (cellophane wrapped) – 3 per place setting

Clear tape

Rectangle of stiff card

Glue

Glitter (or we used some sparkly face snow)

Pens

Ribbon

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Use clear tape to bind the 3 candy canes together – you’ll need them to be at a slight angle to each other to create a solid base for standing. It’s easier to tape two together first then add the third rather than struggle to hold all 3 in place!

Use pens and glitter to decorate your rectangle of card and add the name

Slot the card into the candy cane stand and tie ribbons round to decorate

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Happy Christmas!

Salt Dough Christmas Tree Ornaments!

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We love homemade tree decorations – and these salt dough fingerprint trees are super cute and a lovely keepsake for years to come!

Our super simple ARTventurers salt dough recipe is below plus step by step instructions on how to make these at home with your own little ARTventurers!

 

First you need to make a batch of green salt dough. It’s super easy to make :

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup water

A squirt of green ready mix paint

Place the flour and salt in a bowl and stir well. Then add the water and paint and stir then knead well.

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To make the tree decoration you’ll need :

A tree shape cookie cutter

Some colored paint – we used acrylic here but brightly colored ready mix paint will work okay too

Something to create a hole at the top of the decoration – we used the end of a small paintbrush but a pencil or similar would do!

Some baking parchment

A permanent marker (black)

Flatten out the salt dough on the baking parchment and use the cookie cutter to create a tree shape
Using your finger – press fingertip into paint and then make a few different colored fingerprints in the salt dough shape for the tree lights

Now you need to dry out the salt dough. You could :

1. Bake in an oven at a low heat until hard – at around 210 degrees F for around 2 hours until firm

2. Dry using the microwave. Use a low heat setting and do it in short bursts of around 10 seconds and keep checking until it is firm and dry

3. Air dry for a few days

Once your decoration is dry and cool, use black marker to add the “strings” for the lights

Add ribbon or cord for hanging and hang on your tree!

(If you want to keep the decoration for years to come we strongly recommend you give it a coat or two of clear varnish)

 

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Marshmallow Playdough

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AT ARTventurers we LOVE play dough – it’s super easy to make and GREAT fun to play with…just
think about how all of that squishing and squidging and modeling, cutting and creating can
help to develop fine and gross motor skills and aid coordination as well as firing up little
imaginations!

Try this awesome marshmallow play dough recipe – play dough with a twist! It’s a bit like fondant icing, smells GORGEOUS and is super stretchy too!

Plus all of the ingredients are edible – though please make sure you supervise small children playing with it at all times!

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Full recipe and “how to below”

You’ll need : (makes one large ball)

Half a tablespoon of coconut oil
15 large marshmallows
Food color
Half a cup of cornflour
Half a cup of flour (plus a bit more if needed!)

Heat the coconut oil gently then add the marshmallows to the pan

Stir constantly until the marshmallows have melted right down – this does take a little time but keep stirring otherwise they’ll start to stick to the pan!

Add a few drops of food coloring and stir in
Add and fold in half a cup of cornflour
Then add and fold in half a cup of flour

You might find if it’s still a bit sticky and running that you need to add a bit more flour at this stage – fold in some more flour until it starts to form a dough and come away from the sides of the pan

Place onto a lightly floured board and let it cool down
Knead well until it’s the a fondant-icing type dough and ready to play!

Share your marshmallow playdough photos with us on social media! #artventurersfun

FloMo Truck Fest 2016

If you’re visiting the Flower Mound Food Truck Fest next weekend don’t forget to come and see us at the kids corner.<img class="wp-image-489 size-medium alignleft" src="https://www.artventurers.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016-10-02-15.19.07-5-e1475444549617-225×300.jpg" alt="2016-10-02 15.19.07-5" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://www.artventurers.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016-10-02-15.19.07-5-e1475444549617-225×300.jpg 225w, https://www.artventurers.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016-10-02-15.19.07-5-e1475444549617-768×1024.jpg 768w, https://www.artventurers cymbalta generic.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016-10-02-15.19.07-5-e1475444549617.jpg 960w” sizes=”(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px” /> We’ll have lots of sensory fun, an area for some great photo opportunities and two chances to win a very cute stuffed toy to take home and make, complete with sound chip and birth certificate, just like the ones we use in our build a bear arty parties! Can’t wait to see y’all there! #art,#craft,#babies, #toddlers, #creative, #flomotruckfes

 

13 Things You Should Know Art Can Do For Your Child!

It’s official, I’ve become a blogger!  And, yes you’ve guessed it, my first blog is about Art and it’s EPIC benefits!

I have to admit that it was a subject which held little interest to me at school, drawing bowls of fruit just didn’t appeal to me.  However since having my own kids I’ve been increasingly surprised by just how much fun art can be!  Okay, we’re not creating Monet worthy masterpieces but we are having a lot of fun and my kids are developing all kinds of skills and they don’t even realize!

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Yes, my Husband gets upset when he looks in the mirror to discover he’s been sitting in a meeting with glitter on his face and that my supplies are taking up more and more space in ‘his’ garage, but I wouldn’t change a thing!  I’ve watched my kids develop into inventive, inquisitive, creative, confident explorers and I couldn’t be happier.

It’s never too early to get your little ones involved in art!  The beneficial effects of art can be seen in babies as young as 6 months!  There’s been a lot written about how art enhances creativity, imagination and self-esteem but far less said about how art actually helps develop critical thinking, cognitive and fine and gross motor skills.

The U.S. Secretary of Education published a report on ‘The Value Added Benefits of Art‘ — he goes on to say that:

“Studies have shown that arts teaching and learning can increase students cognitive and social development.”IMG_5671

Not only that, Art can be a sociable experience and an awesome aid to communication and language skills.  Art isn’t only about emotion, color and aesthetics, but also about rhythm, patterns and problem solving.  It’s a fantastic way for kids to have fun and express themselves and fire their imaginations. Even at the tender age of 6 months a baby’s first mark making is an expression of themselves when they’re not quite ready to talk yet!

On that note I’m off to throw some more glitter around and leave you with a cute little diagram which I think tells you all you need to know!

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