If like me, the words ‘messy play’ sends you running for the hills then Arty Splats is just up your street! I too wanted to be that mum that encouraged learning through play; creating pictures with yoghurt, dinosaurs in shaving foam and laughing as we explored that crazy gloopy stuff that we all find fascinating. The thought was wonderful, the reality was, well…. Messy! But after 10 minutes of play and 3 hours of scrubbing it out the carpet, I vowed never again! And so, thank goodness for Arty Splats and the lovely Sarah and Arty!
Sarah runs a range of “sensory exploration classes” throughout Solihull for babies and toddlers, along with a little help from her pal Arty the Giraffe. We know all young children learn through play and these arty, crafty, messy play classes do just that.
Arty Splats “develop our children’s creativity, self-esteem, imagination, early maths and science understanding, language development, social skills and motor skills”. And there aren’t many classes that can tick all those boxes!
Classes cater for little ones from 16 months up to 5 years with two separate classes. Arty Babies is aimed at babies from 6 months to 16 months and include messy play, lights and bubbles, music and singing & parachute games. For toddlers aged 16 months up to five years of age, Arty Adventurers is carefully created in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is the class that we checked out……
Moma Says…… This class is fabulous; all the messy play but none of the clean up! And they even provide a splash suit so your little one is dressed for mess.
The class began with circle time where we sang Arty’s song, shook our maracas and grooved on down to meet Arty the Giraffe. A firm favourite with all the toddlers, he introduced us to this week’s theme……. Mad Scientists!
The splash suit went on and we got involved. Baby Town was straight in there, he surveyed each station first before deciding that the water play would be his first scientific experiment. Two large containers full of coloured water with test tubes, pipettes and all matter of vessels to pour and squirt. The water wheel provided entertainment for all as they became fascinated with how the cogs would turn with the water and how they transferred water to the bottom. I guess this is the learning part eh?!
Onto the crazy gloop station, the mashed potatoes, Duplo bricks in dough (a favourite) and the Epsom salts station really interesting for us parents too!
When Sarah called ‘tidy up time’, we stripped off our soggy splash suit, washed our hands and re-joined the circle to sing goodbye to all our new friends we made along the way today. Total relief that I could just head home for a cuppa and cake as opposed to tidying up all that mess! RESULT.
It really is a great class to encourage children to experiment, explore and discover with a different theme each week.
Sarah runs classes throughout the week in Dorridge, Shirley and Solihull for both Arty Babies & Adventurers too. And during the half term scramble to find things to entertain your pre-schooler whilst avoiding the chaos of the soft play, Sarah has created Arty’s Half Term Adventure; an entire arty messy learning experience for just £6.00 – how fab is that? Spaces are limited so head here for more info and to book your free taster.
Baby Town Says…… I’m not a huge fan of dirty hands, but I loved Arty Splats and got really stuck in with the water play! Keeping my attention is always a challenge but I could have stayed here all day. Fortunately for Sarah, we didn’t!
The Nitty Gritty Need to Know ……
Under 2’s go free? No
Parking? Free parking at all class venues
Loyalty Scheme? No but be in to win the Spring term free worth £40 – see below
Breastfeeding friendly? You’re in a room full of moma’s, although so busy there isn’t much time for a snack!
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Have you tried an Arty Splats class? Did your little’s love it too? Maybe like me you shy away from messy play because you just don’t like the clean up mission that follows?! We would love to hear your thoughts moma’s!
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