Crafting with little ones. Hands up who shed a little tear at their first creations - or was it at the mess? 😂 For us, it's often been the latter, but we've wised up to some great arty products that offer damage limitation. It's never to early to offer up art classes to little ones either, with goodies that can be gifted to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Here are some ideas to to get started on an exciting arty journey with your mini Monet.
Newborns can be introduced to art from day one, and it's great for their sensory development. Even though it takes some time for a baby to figure how to make their eyes focus, it doesn't mean you can't get them prepped for the world of art. The Etta Loves graphic play mat provides bold visual stimulation while they sit or lay down. Around the 3 month mark, when they can start to focus a little bit more, Wee Gallery cards are the ideal thing to get started with. Designed with high contrast playful illustrations, they're great for captivating their minds. Then when they reach the drawing stage, they can use these cards to draw and copy what's on them. Bonus.
Once babies find their feet it's often a bit of a war to get them to stay sitting down to do anything… So embrace it, rather than fight it for art time. The B. Toys Toulouse–LapTrec Sketchboard lets them create erasable masterpieces - and is perfectly portable - ideal for you young maestro's endless ideas. Or host a bath time art session with the Wee Gallery Colour Me Bath Books. Rest the book on the side of the bath, let your tot paint with the water and watch as the pages reveal hidden colour. Genius!
Kids develop so quickly, art skills included. Before you know it, there will be glitter, stickers and pipe cleaners filling up your craft boxes - but you can still do art without the mess. Let Selfie Craft Co's colour-in capes act as the canvas and, once the design is done, your youngster will adore saving the day with their very own, unique creation. Wee Gallery's lacing cards are another creative activity that can be reused again and again and again, encouraging pre-schoolers to get creative with their coordination skills. And with six animal cards per box, it's a great craft box investment.
If you need any advice on the best craft products for any stage, or any help at all, just pop us a message on live chat and we'll do all we can to set you on the right track. Happy arts and crafting!