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Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
0115 846 7777
£4.50 per child, per session
25-Sep-15 to 25-Sep-20
Thu, 10 - 11am, term time only
1 year to 3 years
Tiny Fingers Tiny Toes explores sensory experiences through storytelling, songs and practical play and is especially geared to little ones aged 18 months to 3 years, and their parent/carer.
Exploring and discovering through creative play, these great sessions help to improve motor skills and develop sensory learning. Getting physical and messy is part of the fun!
Curt Terzza, Lakeside's Tiny Fingers Tiny Toes shadow artist, and Manya Benenson Lakeside's early year's practitioner create a unique experience for toddlers and their parents through a partnership between a non-disabled and a learning disabled artist.
Term time only - check dates with Box Office.
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.
We offered to review Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes for Nottingham Lakeside Arts. Our two-year-old reviewer attended a number of sessions in 2014 with her Grandmother.
Our sessions followed a theme of colours. One colour each week was represented in group activities, crafts, play, songs and a story. The session structure was always the same, with repeated elements at the beginning and end, which has huge appeal for this age group, generating familiarity and confidence.
Each session started with a group welcome and warm up, then a set of tactile, play and craft activities related to the week's colour. These appealed to a range of senses. Memorable examples include coloured bowls of spaghetti; fantastically tactile! A cardboard castle provoked a lot of imaginative play. It was lovely to have unusual food items, linked to the colour theme and for the children to have a chance to try them. Some colours must have challenged the leader, but a great deal of thought and preparation went into making each session work well.
We were always made welcome and greeted by name. The sessions are an hour long but structured so that the children are occupied, moving from one activity to the next. Afterwards, there was a chance for a drink in the café, indoors or out, chat amongst adults and more play between the children. Combined with a visit to the nearby children's play area and to greet the ducks on the lake, sometimes followed by a picnic or café lunch, these visits filled a morning very happily for all concerned and there was always a colourful craft item to take home.
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