Our art space

We have a space dedicated to our art activities, that is separate from our play space, reading nooks and musical instruments. Just like every other area, I rotate the activities I have on there based on Havvie’s interests.

I got this great little shelf made from our local men’s shed (an organisation that supports men’s mental health by providing facilties to engage in woodworking as a hobby). I have a variety of activities set out including:

  • A piece of paper and crayons
  • Scissor cutting work that I’ve written about here
  • A sticker activity (great for developing fine motor skills)
  • A gluing activity
  • Play dough and a set of tools
  • A chalkboard

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I also have a chair and a little table for Havvie’s use (I repurposed an old cardboard box because I couldn’t find a table suited to Havvie’s height). Havvie can choose to use the table or her mat in her play space for these activities.


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You’ll notice everything is set out in its own tray and is self contained which makes it easy for Havvie to pick up the activity and clean up. Other activities I rotate are painting with a number of types of painting materials and tools, a stamping activity and modeling clay.

In addition to this I also regularly set up art activities for Havvie to do such as creating a collage. We tend to do more complicated activities or ones that may get messy outside on our deck. Overall it’s a great addition to our space and provides opportunity for free expression.

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