A very warm welcome to Arty Crafty Little Hands, where our aim is for you and your child to have fun through experiencing a wide range of arts and crafts together.
My name is Carrie, I have two young children, and I have always loved sharing my passion for arts and crafts with them. They love the exploration of making things, its amazing to watch their imaginations blossom, and fantastic to see their proud little faces when they have created something.
The sessions are aimed at 2 to 5 year olds and their parent / carer.
Each session will begin with a craft for everyone to make together, there will then be different arts for you to try out, there will also be a free play area incase you want a break, and each session will finish with a story before you get ready to collect your work to take home.
The sessions are wholly child led and very relaxed, so please don’t worry about your child not wanting to do something / having a melt down / needing a snack, we have all been there! It’s simple, no-one has to do anything they don’t want to, you and your child do whatever you want or need to do. The most important thing is that you and your child enjoy yourselves.
Creative activities help make vital connections between the different parts of a child’s brain. Here are some of the ways that doing art and craft when you're young can promote mental wellbeing, and help children's physical and intellectual development...
Enables brain development
Children make millions of new brain connections (called ‘synapses’) in early childhood as they make sense of the world. Having lots of opportunity to be creative helps link all the different parts of their brains and bodies.
Creates a shared learning experience
Getting crafty or enjoying art and music with your child can be a great shared experience. Learning together helps your child feel that you’re taking them seriously – that you ‘get’ they’re not just messing around when they play. This really builds their self-esteem.
Helps children express themselves.
Being creative provides a way for children to show you what’s really important to them right now, even if they don’t quite have the words to tell you.
Unlocks problem-solving skills
Being creative early in life can make you more resourceful and resilient when you encounter obstacles as an adult. Making or painting their wildest ideas teaches children to imagine possible solutions and find different ways to approach problems.
Making art is a safe way to discover that it’s okay to make mistakes, and that getting things ‘wrong’ can lead to a whole new idea. It gives little ones the confidence to experiment and take risks.
There are three payment options for you.
You can pay on the day in cash at the session of your choice at a cost of £6
However, spaces are limited so if you would like to guarantee your place you can either call, email or complete the ‘Get in Touch’ form below stating which day and time you would like to attend, and then pay online up to 48hours before the day of your session at a cost of £6
If you pre-book a group of 4 sessions in advance the cost is reduced to £5 per session, total of £20. These sessions are to be taken consecutively. Unfortunately refunds cannot be given for missed sessions.
Here's some of our newest creations! We take images of all of the sessions we hold, but your child will only be included in those images if you have given us permission. Faces will be blurred before being put on the website, but un-blurred copies can be requested.
We run sessions at two lovely locations around Chelmsford, both with onsite parking.
The maps below have the following legend: PINK – road, ORANGE – car parking, BLUE – the centre.
Next session available: 16th September 2019
10am to 11am, and 11.30am to 12.30pm
(These sessions do not run on the first Monday of each month)
Monday sessions are held in The Christian Centre, next to All Saints Church, Church Lane, Writtle, CM1 3EN.
You can approach the centre from either side of Writtle Green, follow the road along the green to the far corner and turn into the corner, the road then forks, take the left hand fork into Pump Lane, follow this lane which leads directly into the car park. Parking here is free. In addition to this car park there is free parking along side the green itself, and also in Writtles’ free public car park shown on the map.
Once at the centre, enter through the main doors, follow down through the foyer on the right, enter into the ‘small hall’.
Next session available: 18th September 2019
10am to 11am, and 11.30am to 12.30pm
(These sessions run in school term time only)
Wednesday sessions are held in Little Smarties Nursery, Five Tree Works, Bakers Lane, Chelmsford, CM2 8LD.
The nursery is found just 2 minutes drive from the Galleywood junction of the A12, between Galleywood and Stock. You will turn into Bakers Lane from the B1007. Follow the lane down and you will find the nursery on the left hand side. There is a car park to the front of the building. The door to enter through is on the right hand end of the building, just ring the door bell.
Take some art supplies outdoors to the garden, the park or the woods. Let your little ones use items from nature to get creative, and enjoy a whole sensory experience (without worrying about mess in the house!).
Visit an art gallery or a museum together. Most art galleries and museums have family-friendly facilities and staff who are happy to answer any questions you might have. Don’t set expectations too high - it doesn’t matter if you only see a tiny part of the gallery - you can always save the rest for another day.
When they’re drawing or making art, encourage your child to explain their creative decisions to you. Ask things like where the line in their picture is going to, or why the person they've drawn is smiling. This technique is called ‘scaffolding’ and helps children feel listened to. It’s also a great way to develop their vocabulary.
Give your little ones a cardboard box and some art supplies and let their imaginations run wild. Try not to get hung up on trying to make a recognisable ‘thing’ - you might be surprised how different the finished product is from the original idea!