Yesterday, Adelaide and I had our first community center art class! It’s a class for 12-18 month-olds and their mommies, with an emphasis on artistic play.
I didn’t really know what to expect going into our first class—a huge mess, actually, that’s what I expected! There were about 10 kids and their moms/grandmas which was a great class size. This was the first time Adelaide and I have been in a group of babies all her age. It was great! Some were still crawling, some were running, some were talking some were just babbling. It was a great reminder of how each baby develops at their own pace and in their own time.
I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxed the structure of the class was. There were three areas set up in the classroom—one table with a “messy project” one table with a “less messy project” and one “get-it-all-over-the-floor project”. Everyone was free to float from place to place as their baby wanted. The floor project was the most accessible, so that’s where Adelaide (and most of the kids) started.
It was just a large, low-sided bin with rice and various scooping things in it, but the toddlers went nuts! Adelaide loved feeling the rice and watching how it filled her cup then dumped back out into the bin. It was a great tactile experience for her.
Then we moved to the “messy project” table which was painting on cut-out pumpkins. They had little sponge rollers to use as brushes, and an array of non-toxic, edible paints. Adelaide had a BLAST with this! So much so, that I’m looking into getting some of these paints for us to use at home. She actually moved the sponge roller around on the paper! I was shocked! I thought for sure that she would put it in her mouth, her hand, her hair, her shirt, everywhere except the paper. What a good little artist!! Don’t get me wrong, the sponge roller did make at her hand and her mouth, but she was definitely excited about making marks her paper.
While she was at the messy station, the instructor changed messy activities from painting to playing in shaving cream! I loved this activity as a kid, and I’m pretty sure I would still love it, so you can imagine how into it Adelaide was! She dove right in and spread that shaving cream all over her station! Most of the other kids either patted the foam or poked it or tasted it. Adelaide was all over it! She spread it out, then I would make designs in the foam on the table and she would mess it all up and we’d start over. It was a blast!
After she depleted her shaving cream supply we got her washed up and back to playing in the rice. She played in the rice bin with her scoops and spoons for the remainder of the class!
I have proudly displayed her painted pumpkin on the fridge. I can’t wait until I have a fridge FULL of her artwork! I never thought I’d be so proud of her. This is such a great part of being a parent!