Encouraging family creativity with Tŷ Pawb

As much as I love being creative, I have an even bigger love for encouraging my kiddos to be creative too. Ever since the girls were tiny, we’ve painted, made, sewed, junk modeled… We’ve always taken advantage of any art or creative opportunities that present themselves locally too. So for the last two years, we have been so incredibly grateful to have Tŷ Pawb on our doorstep. Tŷ Pawb is an amazing, multi-award winning, community hub, that is the centerpiece of our community. It brings arts and markets together in one place, creating a centre that is rich in culture and the epi-centre of the community. From arts classes, exhibitions, amazing food and drink, gigs, and community events, Tŷ Pawb has proved itself to be right there in the thick of it.

While Tŷ Pawb itself is closed amid lockdown, they have been continuing to offer some amazing resources online. For families, this has been a lifesaver, giving parents some wonderful activities to keep their kiddos occupied through these strange times. From their weekly family art club, several specially commissioned creative assignments, and their upcoming half term programme, the team behind Tŷ Pawb have been working hard to keep the community connected, and inspired. Their creative assignments have been created by some amazing artists from all over the country, they are based around a wide range of creative activities, including photography, videos, crafts and much more. Whether you have tiny tots or teens missing their friends, there is something for everyone.

We’ve attended their Family Art Club several times since it’s been running on a Saturday morning, Beastie and Baya in particular love it! While we do a lot of crafting at home, it’s fantastic to have projects created by wonderful artists to inspire us – giving us ideas that we might not have come up with on our own. We spent a long morning at home this week having fun with a couple of the family art club activities.

Mr Beastie LOVED making these windmills, with downloadable, pribtable instructions it was easy to follow along, and even if you have no crafting experience you’ll be able to create your very own masterpiece. The part he lvoed the most was drawing his own designs onto the paper squares to create his own unique windmills. Even his teenage sister got stuck in too – these activities aren’t just for littlies!

The second activity we tried out was this beautiful bird mobile. We decided to make one as a family effort – I’m really pleased with the result, and it was good to have an activity that encouraged team work {though it wasn’t without a few falling outs}. Once again, the instructions were clear and easy to follow, and it was almost as good as being at family art club in person {not quite though – we missed chatting to the artists leading the sessions}.

We are looking forward to trying out further activities- new Family Art Club activities are released each Saturday via their Facebook page and website. There will also be a range of special activities on next week for half term, as well as two more creative assignments for you to join in with.

If you take part in any of these fun activities, then make sure you share your photos with Tŷ Pawb, there are art packs to be won for taking part and also they will be showcasing some of the artworks in a special exhibition later in the year when they are allowed to reopen!

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