Emma Canning, Managing Director, Go Go Makers
I set up the Go Go Makers After School Clubs in 2013 as being a Mum myself, I know how much children love having fun and developing new skills. What I realised was there were very few creative after school clubs in my area, so with this in mind, I devised an educational programme that is written in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EFYS).
We are now four years on, and what I have learned is that the benefits of arts and crafts to inspire small minds to think BIG go far beyond simply just having fun. In reality, children thrive across all disciplines when they in engage in hands-on art activities.
Inspiring creativity According to the International Child Art Foundation, research indicates that a child who is exposed to the arts acquires a special ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate and create intellectual property. These they say are all “key attributes for individual success and social prosperity in the twenty-first century”.
Connecting with others
Every child is unique and over the past four years, I have seen countless shy and timid children really flourish having built strong connections with other children. Art brings people of all backgrounds together and opens small minds up to new worlds that they may not have otherwise been exposed to. It gives them the confidence to explore new avenues and accept each other regardless of age, race and ability. Art also allows them to explore feelings and express themselves in a way that words may not be able to do.
Building fine motor skills
Not only does art engage the senses of sight, sound, touch and smell, it also goes a long way in helping them to build their fine motor skills. Cutting with scissors, holding a paintbrush and scrunching paper over time will help fine tune motor skills.
Learning to write
A lot of children attend my club before they begin to write. We do a lot of work with crayons at Go Go Makers and what starts as a random scribble, soon progresses to a wide variety of shapes, eventually making all the shapes necessary to write the letters of the alphabet. A lot of parents have told me that once they start school, they have already mastered the art of the “pencil grip”.
So, if your child has never been to an after school club, why not give it a Go Go. Our program goes far beyond arts and crafts too. We are running holiday camps throughout the summer holiday as well and will have arts and craft, cookery, gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, multi-sports and football. Find out more at www.gogomakers.co.uk or call me, Emma on 07971 596124.