TINY EXPLORERS AND LITTLE ADVENTURERS
These classes are for:
ages 1 to 3 years accompanied by an adult or
ages 2 to 6 unaccompanied (TYPICALLY HOSTED at a school)
Unlike our other classes where the aim is to complete an arts & crafts project in the allotted time, these classes follow a simple ‘recipe’ of activities that are repeated in every class. Repetition is very important for this age group! Follow a few of these steps in every class. The steps are explained below.
** Choking hazards **
Please be EXTREMELY aware of choking hazards for children under 3. Do not bring beads or cut straws (smaller than 3cm), or small items to any class and only use large crayons. When they have to tear and stick paper, also make sure that it is bigger pieces. Please think about this at all times, and follow your own common sense when you prep and present a class.
THE ‘recipe’/ PROCESS
Keep an eye on the time and leave steps out if needed. Do not rush the children to get through everything. It must be a relaxed and fun experience. Try to always fit in the last “winding down” step as it ends the class on a relaxed note.
PART 1: SOCIAL TIME
[Until everyone arrives]
What? Grant your guests some time to catch up/ arrive and settle in.
Why? These classes create a special opportunity for adults and children to interact with each and make new friends.
PART 2: SONG | THE GREETING SONG (for adult assisted classes only)
[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!”
Make movements and act it out when you sing the song. Where? (right hand above your eyes, searching), There (point to the person), Ready (make a big “are you ready?” with your hands and arms) Yes I am (Everyone hands and fists up in the air, 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: ONE ICE BREAKER (Ages 2,5 and up)
[2-5 minutes, depending on the size of the class]
ICE BREAKER OPTION 1: Everybody stand up! If you like what I say then put your hands in the air and say “yaaay”, if you don’t like what I say, bend your knees and say “booo”:
Who likes.... ice cream? Yaaaay
Who likes.... Worms? Boooo
Who likes.... Peanut butter toasties? Yaaaay
Who is excited for today? Yaaaay
Dream up more fun questions and let the children also think of a question or two.
ICE BREAKER OPTION 2: At the beginning of the class give each child a different colour sticker. Have 3 / 4 colour group stickers. Then go according to the colour and give commands such as, ‘everyone with a blue sticker stand on one leg, everyone with a red sticker shout your name, make like a cow….etc’
ICE BREAKER OPTION 3: Use a bean bag/ pompom or sock with rice in and have the kids circulate it with the music, when the music stops, whoever is holding the ‘potato’ must answer a question asked, what did you do this weekend? Or what is your favourite colour etc.
ICE BREAKER OPTION 4: Let the kids stand in a circle. Each child gets a turn to give an action “scratch my head," then everyone in the circle does the action repeatedly until the next one gives another action. “jump up and down”, “clap hands”, “shampoo my hair”.
PART 4: SONG | THE CANVAS CLUB SONG
[3-5 minutes] Download the song here
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 children 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 5: ARTS & CRAFTS TIME
What? Create a new craft in every class.
Why? Because in a Canvas Club crafts, you’ll never get away without getting your hands dirty and creating something awesome!
Please be VERY VERY aware of choking hazards! NO SMALL BEADS, STRAWS OR CHOCKING ITEMS, EVER. Remember to always have consent forms signed as well (also for open/ demo days and parties, for every child).
Callout fun facts in class (if adults attend). Found at the OT (Occupational Therapist) download.
Save and share the OT (Occupational Therapist) info with the parents on your WhatsApp or email group after class, along with a few photos. Please do not share the OT writeup on social media, its only for WhatsApp and email for parents only.
PART 6: PLAY MUSIC
Learn the moves & teach the children. This is also a great song to play with shakers (if shakers are made).
THE GRAND OLD DUKE OF YORK
Start marching, first in one place, then in a circle. Teach the children the moves…. “UP” (hands up), “DOWN” (touch your feet) and “MIDDLE”.
Why? It is fun
PART 7: CHOOSE ONE GAME IF THERE IS TIME. YOU CAN REPEAT THESE IN CLASSES.
GAME OPTION 1: THE HANGER GAME
What? Play one of/ or all three hanger activities depending on the ages present in class:
1- 1,5 Years: create bows with ribbons on a hanger, hand out a hanger to each child. Let the little children pull the ribbon to loosen the bow. Let the adult tie it again and see if child can pull it loose again.
1,5 - 2,5 Years: Tie a piece of wool to a table or window and hold (or ask an adult to hold) the other side a few meters apart. Guide the children to hang the hangers up on the line. You will see how they improve with this game over time.
2,5 Years and up: Add another step of complexity. See if they can hang a hanger on an existing hanger on the line. Now use your LEFT HAND!
Fun facts to call out in class: This is an easy exercise to do with your child at home, to encourage the development of gross and fine motor skills.
PART 8: SONG | THE CLEAN UP SONG
What? Children to help pack the balls or hangers away while the clean up song plays. Play it a few times until it’s all cleaned up.
For kids who knows colours, say “all the green balls” then they must collect green first and put it inside the crate, “now red balls'“ etc…
For 5 and up, call the colours again and make a game where they must throw the balls into the crate (first green, then red, then blue…. etc), not standing too close to to the crate
Why? Organising objects is a natural part of a child’s development and provide significant benefits to both physical and mental development
PART 9: SONG | WRAP UP, WIND DOWN AND GOOD BYE
What? After much excitement, start with basic stretching. This is a great gross motor skill activity and will get everyone relaxed to go home. Touch your toes, hold it, now touch the sky, touch your toes, hold it, now touch the sky. Sit on your bum, legs out and tuck your legs into a ball, legs out, now make a ball. Now spread your legs apart into a V. Touch one foot, now stretch over and touch the other foot. End with making a ball and breathing in and out and in and out.
Put on “Twinkle twinkle little star”. Let everyone lay on their backs and wind down to the gentle music (hands up in the air and making stars and playing with little fingers, let adult and child hold hands and cuddle). The ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’ song signals the end of the class.
Why? Special cuddle and bonding time for adult and baby, take a moment to say thank you, wind down and appreciate the time spent together. “A child with a secure bond has the self esteem and confidence to explore the world from a secure base.”
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Important notes to consider:
We recommend smaller groups of maximum 8 to 12.
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 little ones for a few practise classes before you launch your classes to the public.
Please remember to let the children do the crafting themselves. Stand in front and explain steps in an interactive and fun way. We do not want to see ‘perfect’ crafts, there is no right or wrong; if they want to use black paint, let them use black paint, if they don’t want to stick an eye, then their monster does not need an eye.
Since music plays an important role in these classes you would need a bluetooth speaker.