My third child has spent much of her life going from one sibling activity to another. Now that both of her older siblings are in school all day I find myself needing more ways to entertain her, especially as she begs to go to school everyday. However with four kids that something also needs to be affordable, convenient, and fit into our already busy schedules. We’ve found that at Artsy Tots.
Artsy Tots is offered Wednesday and Thursday at Artist @ Heart in Libertyville. The class is for ages 1 – 4 (although my 6 year old did enjoy it as well over the winter break). It’s basically a preschool class packed into 45 minutes and it’s a perfect introduction to art and classes. The instructor is full of energy and creativity giving parents tips on how to incorporate the concepts at homes as well as information on the skills that are being developed through each activity. The class is very laid back with a loose structure that allows toddlers to explore and participate at their own pace and level (it’s also great for perpetually late parents!).
Each class incorporates a sensory and or science element that goes along with the theme of the week, each class is different so it changes every time! We’ve played with peppermint scented colored rice and gingerbread cloud dough over the winter classes.
The rest of the class involves making one or more projects as well as flannel board stories and songs, again all within a theme. Almost all of the projects are messy as “a messy child is a happy child” so don’t wear your Sunday best. There are aprons and paint shirts available for you and your child to cover up with if you want to use them.
We’ve been dropping in on the class regulary and my daughter loves it. She is constantly talking about her art class and every time we drive through downtown Libertyville she asks “I go to Art Class today?” The class is affordable too at only $5 per class with no per-registration needed, just drop in. It’s perfect for our sometimes chaotic schedules and our stretched wallet. If You are looking for a first class for your toddler or preschooler then this is one you have to check out.
Wednesday & Thursdays in Libertyville
9:30am to 10:15am
$5 per class or a punch card of 11 classes is $50
344 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville 60048
(847) 816-4865 | www.artist-at-heart.net