In Spring 2016 we offered 8 Toddle Tour sessions at the National Galleries of Scotland which included creative play activities designed for children aged 2-5 to enjoy with their adult. Activities included messy play, outdoor sculpture building, mud painting and unstructured play in a range of locations around the galleries inspired by selected art exhibits on display.
Starcatchers and the National Galleries of Scotland are working together on two new pilot projects aimed at exploring different ways of engaging with nursery children as well as parents and carers. Two pilot programmes have emerged in 2015/16: Wee Wanders and Toddle Tours.In Spring 2016 we offered 8 Toddle Tour sessions between the National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art (MOD1) which included creative play activities designed for children aged 2-5 to enjoy with their adult.Activities included messy play, outdoor sculpture building, mud painting and unstructured play in a range of locations around the galleries. The children had a chance to explore different open-ended materials as well as the opportunity to engage with various pieces of art-work displayed. The pilot aimed to introduce young children to new positive experiences of the National Galleries of Scotland, and the chance to create special memories with their grown-ups inspired by the works of art.Messy Play:Toddlers and their grown ups got messy with paint, a parachute and confetti inspired by The Storm painting by William McTaggart at the Scottish National Gallery.
After a walk to see some of the sculptures outside at MOD1, toddlers and their grown-ups made their own sculptures on the front lawn.
At the National Gallery, we began the session outside amongst the construction site – and then had a go at building our town inside the National Gallery with cardboard boxes.
Underneath William McTaggart’s The Storm beach scene paintings, toddlers and adults enjoyed some time at the (indoor) beach, making and playing – using their imaginations!
For the last session at the Scottish National Gallery, the parents and toddlers enjoyed a walk around the paintings spotting any food they could see, to then meet back at the National Gallery for a picnic, which was MYOF (Make your own food)!
We explored Riley’s black and white patterned theme at MOD1 and toddlers projected light, followed taped lines on the floor and even had a go at some creative movement inspired by the op-art.
After packing rucksacks at the bothy, families went on a journey across the land forms at MOD1+2, and got to have a go at some themselves through making their own mud and simply experimenting!
The final session took us back inside at MOD1 where we camped out under the stars of Peter Doig’s ‘Milky Way’ painting. Toddlers and adults made things they needed for their camp-out and enjoyed playing with light and darkness, as well as spending time just playing together.