The Art Spark is closed through April 6th due to the Corona Virus.
*We will honor passes bought between August 2019-May 2020 until November 1, 2020. We do not offer Creative Tot classes June-Mid August.
Our hope is to open again on April 7th. We know many of you will be at home with your children due to the school closures and will be posting weekly craft videos to do at home on Facebook. We will also post links to where you can order the products needed to replicate the project should you need any of the materials. We will be posting these fun DIY’s on our Facebook Page.
Grab your toddler (ages 18 months-3 years) and come on down to Creative Tot Mornings hosted every Monday-Thursday between 10-10:45AM. On Fridays we are now offering Creative Play and Snack from 9AM-11AM! If you purchase a Creative Tot or Creative Explorer Pass you can use it for our Friday Creative Play and Snack. Creative Tots season runs throughout the school year. (We offer Summer Camps throughout the summer.)
*All passes purchased before May 2019 are now void
Creative Tot Mornings are specifically designed to help your growing toddler explore art for the first time in a variety of different ways. Your child will have the opportunity each class to engage in new and exciting art materials and strengthen fine motor skills such as lifting a paint brush, squeezing, pinching, and sculpting. Our studio offers toddler height tables and chairs, a sink for cleaning up, water tables, toddler size smocks, and just about every art material you can imagine! If your tot is now between 3-5 years and you are looking for them to try new materials and continue their artistic growth, check out our Creative Explorer program.
What’s the format of Creative Tots Mornings?
Each class is designed to help your child develop an understanding of the world around them. Classes begin with story time. Toddlers and their grownups will listen, watch, and experience a different book or story each week. Following the story, toddlers and their grownups will be presented with activity centers & or projects designed to SPARK imagination & foster growth in your tot. For example: If we read the book: The Rainbow Fish toddlers would complete their morning by creating different projects and participating in activities:
- painting ocean water with different textured paint brushes
- blowing bubbles and making their own bubble wands
- creating a sand dough that can be rolled, pinched, and sculpted
- looking at shells, coral, starfish, and more in our very own touch pond
What’s the cost? Each morning that you & your tot attends costs $9.00. Choose the number of classes you would like to attend & complete your purchase by filling out the form below. Creative Morning Tots can be attended at your convenience anytime. Classes will be offered throughout the entire school year. Sept-End of May. All payments must be processed online with form submission. Paying is easily as you can pay with credit card or PayPal. A $10 fee will be added to checks.
Does my pass roll-over to next year if I don’t use it? No, it does not. All passes must be used by November 1, 2020.
Is it okay to just drop-in for a class without a pass? No. We only prepare enough materials for class-pass holders. If you would like to try-out a class, you must buy a class-pass. If you decide you would not like to use your class pass, we will refund you for the remaining number of classes.
Is it okay to bring my baby with my toddler to class? Absolutely! We have two teachers at Creative Tots to ensure that we can accommodate everyone and assist when necessary.
I have a 18 month old, and a 4 year old can I bring them both to Creative Tots? Yes! That is absolutely fine. We are flexible with the ages for this reason! Please note that we do offer our Creative Explorer program for 3-5 year olds which fosters independence, refines motor skills, and expands to new art materials and techniques!
Where are you located? We are located off of Loveland-Madeira Road in Symmes Township. We are next to Corner Coffee Cafe and across from Shady o’ Gradys.
Where do I park? Please park in the rear grass lot on the left side of Main Avenue. Please come through the white picket fence. If you park in the Coffee Shop/Antique shop spots we will have to ask you to move.
What age is Creative Tot mornings best for? We find that tots who are 18 months is the best age to begin the program. We understand that tots who are 18 months are likely to be experiencing a class for the first time! It is okay if they need to walk around, take a break, or even let out some cries. Classes are aimed to toddlers ages 18 months – 3 years. If you are looking for your toddler (ages 3 and up) to be more independent, check out our Creative Explorer class passes.
How do I know if my 18 month old is ready?
If you 18 month old can:
1. ) Follow simple directions with your assistance
2.) Can hold a crayon
3.) Does not try to eat objects/materials or can follow directions to not put art materials/objects in his/her mouth
At Art Spark we know the importance of make believe, creative play, and the magic of a good snack! Tots and Explorers are welcome to join us on Fridays for creative playtime and snacks. We will offer rotating themes (listed below) for your child to come and experience. One snack per child will be available during playtime (cost is included with pass). We just ask that snack be eaten in our blue room, away from the play area to reduce germs. Creative Play and Snack will begin at 9AM and end at 11AM, but is essentially open house style. You do not have to arrive at 9am or stay for the whole two hours (we know little ones tire out easily)! You can arrive when you want and leave when you would like within the two hour slot. The Creative Play will be centered around stimulating your child’s (children’s) fine motor skills, problem solving, and imagination. We will offer a multitude of sensory bins, toys, activities, and age appropriate art supplies!
Rotating Themes for Snack and Play Fridays!
Under the Sea
Ocean Sensory Bin-water/ shells/ pouring cups
Treasure Chest Exploration- dry rice/ dry beans/ hidden treasure/ ice cube tray collection
Colorful Pom Pom Water Play- water bins/ colorful pom poms/ scoopers *
Watercolor Painting- explore watercolor resist painting
Beanie Baby Play- imaginative play with ocean themed Beanie Babies
Watering Can Practice: watering cans/ water/ bins
“Seed” Sorting: Pom Pom “seeds”/ color sorting
Dot Sticker Flowers: sticker peeling/ learning shapes/ color identification*
Bug Drawing: markers/ putting caps on practice/ shapes and counting
Beanie Baby Play: imaginative play with farm themed Beanie Babies
Play Kitchen: pretend kitchen and food
Pouring Practice: Water/ cups/ pouring practice
Food Sculpting: Model Magic/ color mixing/ pinching and rolling
Colorful Noodle Jewelry: stringing “beads”/ color identification
*Credit to www.busytoddler.com