Every week we go to Artventurers in Jesmond for some really good arty fun! The craft projects allow learning through play, and help the kids Mix Up the Magic with a fun and imaginative playtime. I was invited to try the new Petits Filous Magic Squares range, and thought there would be no better place to take the yoghurt to! The children enjoy a snack every week after the craft session, and so we Mixed Up the Magic at Artventurers with a special snack time with Petits Filous.
This week the class leader, Emily, had created a fabulous invitation to play with a weather themed class. The children made sparkly suncatchers, rainbow prints and super fluffy clouds, as well as making it rain indoors with paint in spray bottles.
James dashed over to make a suncatcher first. He threaded the cd by himself, and then set about sprinkling all the sparkles in the pot on to it to make the suncatcher.
He didn’t want any feathers or anything else glued on; it was perfect just like that! Meanwhile, this little girl decided to see what the sequins tasted like; obviously keen to taste some Magic, but not quite as yummy as the Petits Filous we would be enjoying later, so of course she was stopped before any were swallowed!
Then James really enjoyed using the spray bottles to produce a fantastic piece of art on the floor. He loved doing this; actually he talked about it all the way home while wearing his suncatcher as a giant medallion round his neck!
Such was the draw to making it rain indoors, that James didn’t make anything else. This isn’t unusual at Artventurers. We’ve gone home with no creations at all on a few occasions, and often just one thing (and not just because I’ve forgotten them, which I do far too often!)
So then, some photos of others making the lovely fluffy cloud creations. The paint was mixed with shaving foam to make it extra fluffy.
Add some cotton wool and some glitter, and you have got a very lovely rain cloud. I’m surprised James didn’t want to make a cloud, actually, because we’ve been enjoying watching a Disney short film – Partly Cloudy – and it’s prompted some really interesting conversations about thunder, rain, and lightning from clouds. It is so cute to hear a two year old talk about the cloud being full of rain!
And here is the finished article, presented by this dad. Good effort. That’s the great thing about Artventurers; it’s easy for dads to attend too. More dads go to this toddler class than any other I’ve ever been to, and I suppose it’s because art and crafts are accessible to everyone, and of course the classes are really good fun!
The rainbow painting looked really fun, and the result of paint on top of shaving foam when paper was pressed on to it was beautiful – like dropping coloured ink on water.
It was obviously a really lovely texture to feel…
…and also, interesting to taste. Bluergh. Not for me, thanks!
After all that painting and creating, it’s time for a snack. The children enjoyed the delicious new Magic Squares yoghurt from Petits Filous.
Petits Filous Magic Squares are two flavours in one pot, and with these little Artventurers, the Raspberry and Vanilla flavour was the biggest hit!
James actually tried one of each flavour – these pots come in a Strawberry and Vanilla flavour too. He also wanted a third, but there has to be a limit to the number of yummy yoghurts one little boy has in a day!
The flavours are laid out into little squares inside the pot, in a unique quadrant shape allows children to taste one flavour at a time or mix it all up. Not only is it great tasting, Petits Filous Magic Squares provide calcium and vitamin D to help make strong bones. Although other fresh dairy products contain calcium, Petits Filous also has Vitamin D which helps the body absorb calcium. The fantastic flavours certainly were enjoyed by all of the children at Artventurers!
After our classes, we often go straight home for a bath, as James is really covered in paint and glitter.
This post is an entry for BritMums #MagicSquaresPlaydates Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petits Filous