Mike’s Mighty Mite’s social groups are held once a month and the goal is always the same: healthy socialization. These carefully planned activities give the kids a chance to work together side-by-side as they make their creations. After making their art to take home, the group gets the opportunity to be social together. There is lots of laughter while parents observe their children having a successful social time. Enjoy the pictures below from some of the past groups. To sign up for the monthly Artplay eBlast that announces upcoming groups, CLICK HERE.
At a local park, kids constructed and decorated big foam airplanes with markers and stickers. They gathered their planes on a long runway, being polite in taking turns to take-off before flying their planes together down a hill that let their planes fly successfully.
In the garden, big tubs were filled with soil and 200 very healthy-looking worms for kids to find and take home in a small habitat. It was a grubby good time for kids that need more sensory experiences.
At a park close to Artplay, we hold sports socialization groups, so kids can practice being nice while using large movement. The goal of these groups is laughter and kindness with no rigidness or “getting in trouble” for not following the rules. The kids wore matching jerseys and they created their own art for their jerseys before hitting the field.
Kids got to create their own gnome gardens to take home and nurture. This fantastical activity let each child be individually creative, which was so fun to watch! Real soil and plants were included, plus each child painted a gnome house and added a pond.
Kids brought their own bikes to the park to add fun onto and practice riding with their group friends. They made flags to attach to the back of their bikes, they added a nameplate onto the handlebars and they attached cards to their spokes with clothespins for noisemaking. It was so fun for each kid to ride around for an hour, plus be able to take their newly decked-out bike home.
First the kids had ladybug story-time, followed by preparing their bug watches to collect as many ladybugs as they could. Each child got to take home their magnified watches filled with ladybugs (complete with leaves and raisins for the ladybugs to eat).
BEAN BAG TOSS:
Kids got to paint their own custom bean bag toss games in the park! They chose fun themes for their boxes, including airplane, race car, penguin, and even hamburgers. They also made three bean bags each, to toss and play together.
Kids and parents got to twist brown paper bags into branches and decorate their trees with leaves, moss stones and butterflies. It was a fun, explorative, open-ended activity! One dad so appropriately stated, “I feel so calm after making that…”
The kids all gathered together at a local park and practiced baseball skills while having fun running around the bases. They made their own jersey numbers and took a break to snack on CrackerJacks, while the parents sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
Kids got the chance to enjoy the excitement of hunting for treasure, which gives them a sense of hope and success. They painted and decorated their own 7″ square treasure box, followed by lining the inside with garden greens. Then they went hunting for faux gems and coins in the Artplay garden.
There is a local park that has a hill tall enough to slide down, so we had kids construct their own sleds out of cardboard boxes and a plastic base for smooth riding. Kids creatively decorated the outside of their boxes with paints and duct tape and the insides with drawn instrument panels before playing together.
Soap and self-care went hand-in-hand during this event as kids got to make custom soaps as gifts. They chose colors and flavors for their soaps, that were melted and poured into molds with small holidays items floating inside. Then each child got a cold face mask to wear when they want to slow down. One kid said, “I get it. The face mask helps you cool your busy thoughts!”
CHINESE NEW YEAR DRAGONS:
Depending on the birth year, each person is believed to have the various character traits of that year’s animal. Kids that attended this group got to discover what animal they were, plus they created an awesome cup-dragon to celebrate how great they are!
Kids got to socialize while also working on their large motor skills. They started by creating their own can-stilts and then they decorated and practiced on real-wood stilts… All of which they got to take home!