Top 5 Art Sessions at Building Blocks Therapy Centre

Building Blocks Therapy Centre’s 

Top 5 Art Sessions

By Maria Tzioni

Child Drawing

  1. No More Anger Jar

 

Our “No More Anger” Jar has secret powers to calm those in stressful situations. Or not! Everyone can make a jar similar to this, in addition to the child’s superpowers, you just need love, patience, and super sparkly ingredients. After you’ve added your ingredients, simply shake it while dancing. The child’s attention is taken away from whatever was frustrating, to something that is calming and fun. Kids love this activity especially when it is time to shake and dance, listening to their favourite song.

 

2.  Sensory Gel Pad

 

The sensory gel pad, is one of my favourites activities, as it combines both the development of fine motor skills and the entertainment using sensory stimuli. It is an activity suitable for all ages, supported using the guidance of our qualified therapists. Why do kids love it? Simply, because kids are fascinated by the idea of pushing and pressing the gel pad, molding what they see inside and playing with the materials that are embedded inside. Just like the “No More Anger” jar, the sensory gel pad gives the child the opportunity to get focused and concentrate for extended periods, even during frustrating moments. During the making of the gel pads, children can develop their fine motor skills, and enrich their ability to make their own choices.
3.  Painting with a Rolling Pin

 

I am sure when you read the title, you were really surprised.  But yes!  It exists. If you just don’t want to get everything messy, or you know that your child does not like to touch paint or any other liquid but loves art, then then this is the perfect activity. Simply mix the colours using the magic rolling pin! It is an amazing activity for them to learn how the primary colours can become secondary colours with the right combinations, broadening their creativity. Art is all about experimentation. Here, what we do is to allow your children to experiment, thus enhancing their creativity and artistic perspective.
4.  Salt Dough

Salt dough is similar to play dough. It has an aversive taste, thus children avoid putting it into their mouths. I like using salt dough during the art therapy sessions, and experimenting with it. Children seem to enjoy it more than I do, and I do enjoy it a lot!  In the sessions we try to be as creative as possible, combining salt dough with various elements, tailored to the child’s needs. Odours, visually stimulating and tactile stimulating additions are made to stimulate the senses and allow the child to experiment and play. Salt dough allows me to teach kids, through the playfulness that art provides.

 

5.  Figures using Split Pins

This is an activity for older kids, which empowers their fine motor and gross motor skills. It involves drawing on paper, cutting using the scissors, piercing the paper and finally attaching the split pins. It sounds like a really easy activity for adults but, for children, this can be challenging, which will enable them to develop some really important skills. Through creating the human figures they are learning simultaneously to name and identify the various body parts.  It works well with our therapeutic sessions.