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Squidge: Online Early Years Workshops 22 Jul 2021

This Early Years workshop invites children aged 2-4 and their grown-ups to experiment with different materials in their kitchen to create their own unique salt dough play-dough together.

Join artist Jane Groves as she guides you through the hands-on process of making your own squidgy concoctions at home. Play, create and perfect your own squishy STUFF by investigating the textures, colours and smells of the things found in our kitchen cupboards.

Together, you and your little one will discover what happens when you combine different kinds of ordinary stuff to transform it into something completely new.

Requirements for Participation

For safety reasons, a parent or grown-up should be present in the room throughout the session, and if necessary be available to assist their child, so you're very welcome to take part in the workshop alongside your child.

  • Computer/Tablet/Phone with internet access for Zoom – placed on a table at children’s eye level
  • A table to sit at

Materials required:

  • 500g plain flour
  • 500g table salt
  • 250ml warm water
  • 1 bowl, 1 sieve, 1 spoon, any cutters or children's knives you have at home
  • Any interesting textures like pulses, seeds, or sticks
  • Smells like herbs from the garden or kitchen cupboard such as rosemary, mint, cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, nutmeg. if you have any little plastic animals bring them along to watch the fun!

Online platform: The workshop will be delivered using the Zoom video call software. This will be a private Zoom session which will only be accessed by those booked into the workshop, the artist and The Ark's staff. The session will be recorded for the safety and security of all participants, however this recording will not be shared publicly and will be deleted within 30 days.