There are a few things that make my four-year-old daughter’s life complete at the moment: dancing, playing make believe, and art and craft.
Hmm … good old art and craft.
Every time she asks me to get out the craft box I can’t help but get a pained expression on my face.
‘Art and craft?’ I ask her.
‘You want to do art and craft again?’
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s fantastic that she loves to be creative and she wants to muck in with different paints, glues and glitters, but I’m just not a crafty person.
Everything I try to help her make looks hideous. I just don’t have that creative streak nor the patience to work on fiddly craft projects.
Plus, add in a two-year-old who prefers to paint herself rather than the paper and I’m in a living nightmare. The kids love it though, so what can I do?
A couple of weeks ago, though, an idea struck me.
Well, it wasn’t really my idea. It was technically My Little Masterpiece – Toddler and Kids Art & Craft Lessons’ idea.
My eyes widened when I scrolled through an email from them asking me to trial their new art and craft classes in Mt Ommaney, Brisbane. It was then that I knew I had found my answer.
Sweet, sweet outsourcing. The kids can have their crafty needs fulfilled, I don’t need to come up with any spectacular projects AND I don’t have to clean up afterwards. Winning all round!
The girls and I went to our first class (I say first class because we’ll definitely be going back) last week.
They had an absolute ball making spiders for Halloween out of paper plates, pipe cleaners, paint, glitter, sparkles, and much to Miss Four’s delight, googly eyes.
They also had a play around with some play dough and shaving cream. My two-year-old LOVED experiencing the different textures.
My Little Masterpiece is run by mum Kathryn, who quit her day job to raise her two-year-old daughter and to follow her dreams.
Kathryn and her little helper love dreaming up creative projects to ensure the classes are full of fun and provide an opportunity to learn.
Activities in up and coming classes include collages made from dried leaves and crayon rubbings of fresh green leaves, painting with different mediums such as brushes, cotton tips and bunches of grass made into natural brushes, clay hand prints and plenty more.
All paints are non-toxic and wash easily off clothes and little bodies. Trust me, I’ve tested them.
Kathryn also makes yoghurt paints for younger kids who have a tendency to put paint in their mouths.
Kathryn has only just started her business, but has already added another class due to demand.
Toddler classes for 1 – 4 year olds currently run on Wednesdays at 9.30am and 10.30am and Fridays at 9.30am, while children’s classes for 5 – 8 year olds run on Wednesday afternoons at 4.30pm.
Classes are approximately 45 minutes to one hour and cost $12 per child. There is a maximum of 10 children per class to ensure individual attention.
Bookings are made via the My Little Masterpiece Facebook page.
My Little Masterpiece is offering a special buy 1 get 1 free deal to the first 10 people who comment ‘Book me in’ on this post.
Terms and conditions
– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents.
– Closing date for bookings for this special offer is 5pm Monday, 10 November.
– Winners will be contacted via email within 48 hours of posting their ‘Book me in’ comment on this post.
– If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.
Mummy, Wife, Me received a free art and craft class for both of her children. No financial compensation was provided. As always, all opinions are my own.