I’m not an expert on art, crafts or teaching, I’m just a mum who loves getting arty and creative and wants to have fun passing that experience on to little kids. I do however have over 10 years’ experience in architecture and know how important it is to be able to express yourself and be confident in trying new and creative ideas.
I’ve found some amazing resources online and in the many parenting books I have read over the years and they all basically say the same thing – that being creative is good for us. So that’s the reason Stripy Monkey exists – to help busy parents find a time and place where they can see their little ones have fun with their creativity without any added stress for the parent.
Children are expressive little people and it’s wonderful to provide an outlet for them to explore that creatively. As our children develop language skills, they can often get frustrated if they can’t make themselves understood. The more they use these developing areas of the brain the easier it becomes. The types of activity we do at Stripy Monkey are age appropriate to encourage a sense of achievement but they can also explore new avenues of exciting activities that they haven’t tried before and push themselves a little bit further than we might expect.
Our classes provide an ideal mixture of arty activities including:
• process art where the fun is in the making of the piece rather than aiming for a specific final outcome,
• kids crafts where we give the children (and you) some guidance and a goal for something specific to create i.e. a monkey from a toilet roll or a pasta necklace,
• printmaking, where we make repeated shapes and patterns using different techniques,
• big scale project where we might all work together in collaboration to produce a large picture or painting,
• messy activities where we focus on the sensory experience of producing art (these are my favourite!).
Some of the things your child will produce at their Stripy Monkey session will be treasured for a long time and others might not but each time your child picks up a paintbrush they are working their little hand muscles which will help with writing as they get older, every time they decide on which colour to use they are using their decision making part of the brain, every time they touch a different texture they are making brand new neural connections, every time your child creates the same shapes again and again with the play-doh they are reinforcing a memory and developing a skill and hopefully every time they come to a Stripy Monkey session they are having loads of fun.