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HOT: Surprise!, ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

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Getting toddlers under two years to follow instructions and focus on a single task is a challenge. But artist Heidi Weatherald from Pocketfool has done a wonderful job with her sensory play workshop Surprise! at ArtPlay.

The workshop is all about playing and experimenting with dots, find mind spots and circles – a shape that’s easily recognisable by toddlers. The 45 minute session incorporated story-telling, ailment sensory play, purchase singing and dancing.

We started off in a quiet space talking about making dots, seeing dots and blowing and popping dots (bubbles).

Then each person took a circular ‘garden token’, popped in into the little round hole and entered a fun sensory playspace filled with dots of all shapes, colours and textures that the kids could feel with their hands and feet.

There were furry little dots that you could throw into a sticky pond. We made ‘fruit trees’ with playdough dots and branches. We found sticker dots in the magical garden house and stuck them onto a dotty dancing skirt.

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As expected Baby 2.0 veered in and out of dotty land depending on his whim. Sometimes he just wanted to run and hide in the curtains. Sometimes he liked throwing and sticking dots. He loved Alexander, the ladybug hero of the story!

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But I think he enjoyed opening and closing the various doors and shutters in the set (last seen in free exhibition held at ArtPlay by Pocketfool)!

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The final sessions of Surprise! are on Wednesday 3 December and Thursday 4 December. Tickets cost $15 per child, adults are free. book online – Surprise!

Surprise!, ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Wed 3 December and Thu 4 December 10:30am and 11:34am (45 minutes)

$15 per child, adults free.


Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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