1 to 3 year olds
The Canvas Club Tiny Explorers classes are for babies from ages 1 year to toddlers age 3 accompanied by an adult (mommy, daddy, nanny or granny) or un-accompanied at a school. Unlike our other classes where the aim is to complete an arts & crafts project in the allotted time, the baby classes follow a simple ‘recipe’ of activities that are repeated in every class. Repetition is very important for this age group! Follow the steps in every class, with the exception of step 4, the craft. The steps are explained below.
THE 10 STEP ‘recipe’/ PROCESS
PART 1: SOCIAL TIME
[Until everyone arrives]
What? Grant your guests some time to catch up and settle in.
Why? The Tiny Explorer classes create a special opportunity for adults and children to interact with each and make new friends.
PART 2: SONG | THE GREETING SONG
[3-5 minutes, depending on the size of the class]
What? The greeting song signals the start of the class. Let you guests form in a circle on the floor before you begin. Write down the words to the song and stick it on the wall so that everyone can sing along. Go around and call out each child’s name. “Where is [name of child]? , where is [name of child]? There he is. There he is. Ready for Canvas Club? Ready for Canvas Club? Yes I am! Yes I am!”
Waar is [naam van die kind]? , waar is [naam van die kind]? Daar is hy. Daar is hy.. Is jy reg vir Canvas Club? Is jy reg vir Canvas Club? Ja ek is! Ja ek is!” Vader Jakob se deuntjie
Why? The song introduces everyone to each other and lets the children feel extremely important and proud when everyone sings out their names.
PART 3: SONG | THE CANVAS CLUB SONG
What? Blow bubbles while your guests sing and dance along with the Canvas Club song. Write down the words to the song and stick it on the wall so that everyone can sing along. “Another day at Canvas Club to all our friends we say hello… hello… hello, hello, hello. Making art is lots of fun, it’s time to learn and grow.”
Fun facts to call out in class : Watching bubbles is great fun for babies and toddlers and even though it sounds simple, this entertaining activity has important roles in cognitive and physical development. Watching bubbles coming out and seeing how they pop, the little ones are learning about cause and effect. Following, crawling, walking, reaching and trying to catch and pop bubbles helps toddlers strengthen muscles and develop gross motor skills.
PART 4: ARTS & CRAFTS TIME
What? Create a new craft in every class. View the crafts here
Why? Because in a Canvas Club crafts, you’ll never get a away with out getting your hands dirty and creating something awesome!
Please be very aware of choking hazards!
Fun facts to call out in class:
1. Doing arts & crafts is important to develop fine motor skill development
2. Bringing out different elements to the craft keeps the little ones engaged which teaches them to concentrate for longer
3. What can you use at home to keep your baby creatively stimulated? Plastic bottles, toilet rolls, cardboard boxes etc.
PART 5: SONG | SHAKE YOUR SILLIES OUT
What? Hand out home made shakers and shake them while the song is playing.
PART 6: THE HANGER GAME
What? Play one of/ or all three hanger activities depending on the ages present in class:
Under 12 months: create bows with ribbons on a hanger, hand out a hanger to each adult/baby pair. Let the babies pull the ribbon to loosen the bow. Let the adult tie it again and see if baby can pull it loose again.
12 - 18 months: ask two adults to hold a piece of wool a few meters apart and guide the older babies to hang the hangers up on the line.
18 months - 3 years: ask two adults to hold a piece of wool a few meters apart and guide the toddlers to hang the hangers up on the line. See if they can hang a hanger on an existing hanger on the line.
Fun facts to call out in class: This is an easy exercise to do with your baby, to encourage the development of gross and fine motor skills.
PART 7: SONG | THE CLEAN UP SONG
What? Children to help pack the hangers away while the clean up song plays.
PART 8: THE BALL GAME
What? Empty out a crate of plastic balls in the middle of the circle. Now it’s time for everyone to take a ball bath. Wash your hair and bodies with the balls with ‘Splish Splash I was taking a bath’ is playing in the background.
Why? This activity increases large muscle development and gross motor skills.
PART 9: SONG | THE CLEAN UP SONG
What? Children to help pack the balls away while the clean up song plays
PART 10: SONG | WRAP UP, WIND DOWN AND GOOD BYE
What? After much excitement, the babies may lay on their backs and wind down to the gentle music. The ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’ song signals the end of the class.
Why? Special cuddle time for adult and baby, take a moment to say thank you, wind down and appreciate the time spent together.
YOUR video GUIDE
In this video, Christelle explains the A to Z of Tiny Explorers and how you can ensure your classes are a great success.
REQUIREments for this class
Important notes to consider:
We recommend smaller groups of maximum 8 to 10 baby/ adult pairs for Tiny Explorers.
All 10 steps below are to be repeated in every class (repetition is very important for this age group) with the exception of step 4, as you will create a new and different craft in every class.
Having to do 10 steps in 45 minutes may seem daunting at first, but it’s crucial to do several different activities to ensure you keep the babies and toddlers engaged and to develop important skills, such as gross and fine motor skills and sensory play.
Practise makes perfect, just like baking a cake - the more you practise the recipe the easier is becomes and the more perfect the end result it - invite your friends and their babies for a few practise classes before you launch your classes to the public.
Since music plays an important role in these classes you would need a bluetooth speaker.