Last Friday we made a beautiful layered painting. We started by drawing on a big roll of paper with chalk, oil pastels and water soluble markers. Then we washed over the top with our watery tempera paints. We experimented with a variety of brushes, and paint pipettes, which are great for developing fine motor … Continue reading Art Play Friday: Oil Pastel Resist Painting & Playdough Birthday Cake
Animal Kingdom Our Animal Kingdom Art Play tub comes with everything you need for an engaging small-world populated by wild rainforest creatures. And a hand-illustrated drop cloth to colour in with chalk, and catch all the mess! The reusable 60L tub comes with: 20 rainforest animal figurines, long lasting nature-play elements (rocks, shells, sticks etc.), … Continue reading Art Play ‘Party in a Box’
We're running out first proper competition on Facebook & Instagram! We're giving away a free double pass to our Friday Art Play session. To enter, head over to our Facebook page or Instagram account and follow the prompts. The competition closes at 5pm on Friday 2nd of June, and the winner will be announced on … Continue reading Art Play ‘Play Date’ Facebook & Instagram competition!
We originally set up the Art Play website as a blog, but found that it was difficult to keep it updated (alongside our Instagram and Facebook pages). So instead, we'll focus on keeping our Facebook page @artplayperth up-to-date with day to day stuff - the kinds of activities we're doing in the upcoming session, special events (like … Continue reading Art Play News
Woohoo! We had our very first Wednesday session this week. And it was so good. We starting with painting and printmaking, using some stars we'd cut out of packing foam (gotta love packing foam!). Then we mixed a little water into our poster paint, and used pipettes to squeeze the watery-paint onto our prints. It … Continue reading Art Play Wednesday: Our First Wednesday Session!
Leaf painting is such a great, spring-time activity. Our garden is overflowing with greenery (before the summer sun really kicks in and fries everything), so we spent the day before collecting leaves with interesting shapes and textures. The set up was very simple - pots of premixed paint, kid-sized paint brushes, a roll of paper … Continue reading Art Play Friday: Leaf Painting & Sensory Playdough Tea Party
Last week we tested out our new chalkboard canvas. And it was brilliant! The roll of canvas is so easy to move around and wipe clean, and the crayola chalks looked so lush against the deep blue chalkboard paint. Set up was easy. We unrolled the canvas, scattered toy boats and marine life, and handed … Continue reading Art Play Friday:Chalkboard Canvas and Homemade Kinetic Sand
Did you know that egg cartons make pretty good crowns? Neither did we, until the kids made one at home last week. Egg cartons are a great alternative to sheets of coloured card. We always have a stack of blue and white egg cartons (which are very kindly donated by friends and family). The cardboard … Continue reading Art Play Friday: Crowns & Sensory Playdough
Playdough is an open-ended activity that stimulates imaginative play. If you’re in a playdough rut, why not try adding sprinkles, spices, rice or flavoured essence from your pantry? Or raid the cupboards for some interesting containers, patty pans and utensils? We often add small toys like tea sets, dinosaurs and cars. On sunny days, we … Continue reading Five reasons playdough is seriously awesome for you and your kids
We've already posted it on our Facebook, but thought we should make a note here too. We'll no longer be supplying smocks in our sessions. It's been surprisingly tricky to sort out smocks for Art Play. Originally we bought a stash of ten smocks, which served pretty well for the first couple of months. But … Continue reading Troublesome Smocks