It’s unbearably hot outdoors, the kind that puts you in a very foul mood but as you step inside the studio, you’re greeted with colorful paper, the cheerful voices of children and a lively atmosphere of creativity! It’s instantly uplifting and you almost forget the awful heat.
This is the case for all six classes of Playful Crafts, a series of arts and crafts workshops for kids by Craft Party PH. The 2-hour morning sessions were held in Kendo Creative at Cubao Expo. Each class offered something different and exciting, in such a way that the art-making was mixed into fun, learning activities. Aside from myself, we also had other instructors handle some of the classes. They all turned out great and very interesting to the kids.
Karla Pasion of Kraft Kart did a storytelling of Eric Carle’s Mister Seahorse and was followed by a “stained glass” art making in the shape of seahorses! A Momma Abroad, Amber Folkman, had the children make felt masks and invent their own secret handshakes after having read the story of The Secret Pizza Party. So very entertaining!
At one of my classes, the kids were surprised (and a little nervous) to find vegetables amongst the art supplies but later on discovered the beautiful shapes and patterns they could create with them. It was a stamping class using unusual items. I think I enjoyed that just as much as they did!
And at the final class, the one with the most attendance, Mab of Mabby Makes read the touching story of The Rainbow Fish, then proceeded to teach the kids how to make their very own clay fish figures decorated with sparkly rainbow colored sequins.
I went to all the classes, of course, because I had organized it with Mia, but also because I brought Summer and Emma. All three of us looked forward to every single class and I was so happy to see them enjoy themselves! It was a pleasure to have met the kids who joined, as well as their parents who patiently waited and even joined in making art.
My girls still talk about Playful Crafts and, almost everyday, pretend to be having their own art classes in their room. They also still talk about the kids they met and the fun projects they worked on. They still sing the songs they learned and also talk about the books they read. I’m grateful it became a memorable learning experience for them, just as I had imagined it to be. I do hope all the other children who joined feel the same way. I used to do children’s ministry and as always, there is a certain kind of satisfaction I feel after having helped children learn something. It’s different and it’s good. Maybe we’ll do it again next summer!
Thanks again to everyone who helped make Playful Crafts fun and memorable! If you’re interested in having arts and crafts in your kids parties and events, we offer private party packages. Do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
Amber wrote about her Secret Pizza Party art class as well! Check out her post here: