FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions
Can we just drop in for Toddler Art Playgroup? Yes of course! Join us any time! Come check us out and see if the KinderCrea experience is what you are looking for for your little one. You can pay per visit (10 euros) or purchase 10 lessons for 90 euros. The 10 lessons can be used for up to a year, so you're welcome to drop in when it suits you. We do have families who come regularly each week, and the benefit of this is that the children and parents all get to know each other and make new friends!
My child doesn't speak English. / We only speak Dutch. Can we come to KinderCrea? Art Play is for every language! Play is the universal language of children. KinderCrea and Art Play is a parent and child experience, you will be speaking with your child in which ever language you speak when you are together. We have families who join Art Playgroup from a variety of language backgrounds. I will speak (mostly) English with you and the children. Please feel free to email or speak with me in either Dutch or English.
What is an Art Play lesson like? We offer a homemade play dough or real clay activity, wet and/or dry sensory bins, at least one type of painting opportunity and other art materials or art processes. We also have a garden featuring our Mud Kitchen, so outdoor play is always a possibility when the weather permits. As much as possible we use natural materials such as wood, metal, and items from nature. We also use real and realistic looking (child safe) objects, tools and toys. The materials we use are carefully chosen for their sensory stimulating properties and the activities are designed for exploring and creating using the senses. The lessons are child led, which means the children choose what to interact with and explore from the invitations presented each week. Children choose to work with their parents, on their own and/or with the other children. The focus is on allowing the children to engage their senses as they explore the materials and creative processes on offer at their own pace and interest.
Do you give the children instructions? Are there rules? When you walk in the studio you'll find activities set up as invitations. The materials for each activity are presented in an inviting way, which give the children inspiration for play or how they might interact with the materials. The children often come up with entirely different and creative ideas for how to use the materials! Sometimes the materials get mixed up between the activities and that's ok. Sometimes the sensory materials even get spilled out of the bins. At this age some spilling, throwing and dumping as they explore is to be expected, gentle reminders to keep items in the bin are ok. However we also encourage the children not to intentionally throw things, in order to not hurt themselves or others or break things. It is usually pretty clear when items are getting spilled due to exploring the materials vs intentionally. Parents are responsible for their children while at KinderCrea.
How messy is it, really? Your child is likely to get a bit of paint on them, perhaps wet, sticky or messy clothes from the wet sensory bins and maybe some sand or mud from the outdoor play. We have hand washing buckets and plenty of towels. We also offer aprons for the children to wear. Everything is washable, even the children. It is advised that you bring an extra change of clothes, including socks. However a full change of clothes is not usually needed. We have a changing table you can use if needed too. The studio usually ends up the messiest of all!
Can we really leave you with the mess? How long does it take to clean up? 5 minuets before it is time to go home, I let each child know its time to tidy up. The children help tidy up just a a few of the materials at the area they are working at and then get ready to go home. This helps children with the transition to going home and also helps reinforce the idea that we put things away when we are finished with them. I don't expect the children or the parents to clean the studio at all. I will take care of the cleaning after everyone goes home. The studio usually looks worse than it really is by the end of a lesson! Many times it can take as long as the lesson was to clean up afterwards. Sometimes longer, sometimes shorter.
Do you offer Snack at Art Playgroup? No. We do not have a set snack time. Parents do often come prepared with a little snack for their child, if they ask for it. Tea and coffee is provided for parents, and water is available for the children.
Where are you located? KinderCrea is in Arnhem Zuid, at Terneuzenstraat 81, in the DeLaar Oost neighbourhood. Our studio is in a downstairs apartment with a nice sunny garden. The building is located behind the Jumbo shopping centre, and is in walking distance from the Kinderboderij / Playground De Kroon. We have plenty of free parking, several buses stop nearby and you could even walk (about 20 min) or bike (6 min) from the Arnhem Zuid train station/ Schuytgraaf Shopping Centre.
How do you come up with all your ideas/activities? I have been teaching and working in education for 20 years, mostly in early childhood classrooms, including preschool. My background is in Child Development, Early Childhood Education and Special Needs. I am passionate about offering children the opportunity to explore and play on their own terms and I aim to set up activities which support this. I have tons of my own ideas from years of experience, and I also get inspiration from the internet, Instagram and different art play studios from around the world.
Where do you get the materials? I source materials from a variety of places and pretty much every shop has a potential item we could use! I get inspiration from the most random things. I prefer natural materials, real and realistic tools/ toys and neutral colours. I get things from America when I go for vacation, as well as from different online educational and art supply shops. I can also find things at grocery stores, hardware stores, home and garden centres, the drugstore, second hand shops and sometimes even the toy store ;). I try to be conscious of the environment with my selections. I try to choose things which are durable, reusable, recycled or previously loved, and/or are recyclable. You'll even sometimes find us using unexpected items in unconventional ways!
An Important Note About the Materials- Some of the materials we use can be quite small which could pose a choking hazard for kids under 3, and who are still in the mouthing stage and/or try to eat everything. Parent supervision is required at all times and parents are responsible for their children while at KinderCrea. We often use food materials in our sensory bins too, If your child has any food allergies be sure to let me know in advance!
If you have any other questions please send me an email and I'd be happy to answer them for you!