Art Play, North Perth

Art Play is an interactive art and sensory play class for children aged from 18 months to 4 years old. Sessions run for around 45 minutes and cost $15 (+$5 for siblings over 18 months). This covers all materials used in the class, except art smocks which are BYO.

The classes are run by Erin, a Bachelor of History and Art History. Being a mother herself, she knows how hard it can be to commit to a whole term of classes, so she runs Art Play on a casual basis. To sign up for a class, she just asks that parents text message, email or Facebook message her to save a place.

Each session has a different theme and is designed to develop different skills, from pre-literacy, pre-numeracy, fine-motor skills to emotional intelligence.

The session we attended included painting salt dough Christmas ornaments and nature based sensory play.

Art Play, North Perth

To start off, the children were given pre-made glittery salt dough shapes to decorate using dishes of paint with brushes and tubes of glitter glue. The children were invited to paint on the drop sheet underneath if they wished to, and then paint on folded sheets of paper to create colourful butterfly pictures. It was wonderful messy fun!

Art Play, North Perth

The nature based sensory activity involved the children using trays of sand with sticks, stones, shells, leaves, seed pods, flowers to create a garden for plastic animals and bugs. The children worked in small groups, and each garden ended up different.

Art Play, North Perth

Children were encouraged to dig, touch and create in a manner that encouraged their natural curiosity, sharing of resources and working together. Parents are encouraged to join in, too.

Art Play, North Perth

Outside the pavilion, there is a small playground suitable for young children in case your little one still has energy to burn before you head home.

Art Play, North Perth

We found this a great class for Miss 2.5. She’s never really engaged with a class for this long before without getting bored and wanting to run amok. In fact, I don’t think any of the kids complained of being bored once through the whole class! Miss 2.5 was having so much fun, she didn’t want to leave until a run in the playground was suggested.

Art Play runs from 9.30am to 10.15am on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Art Play is located in the Woodville Reserve Pavillion on the corner of Fitzgerald Street and Namur Street, North Perth. Free parking is available on Farmer Street and Namur Street.

www.artplay.net.au

www.facebook.com/artplayperth

Art Play, North Perth

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About Holly Clark

Holly Clark is currently a stay at home mum of one, a self-confessed coffee addict and a baker of sweet treats. She studied Professional Writing and Editing, and occasionally writes on her recipe blog, Lucky Star's Kitchen

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