Mumbler content writer Louise visited Crafty Owls in Ossett with her daughter.
Here’s how they got on:
Painting on the other hand is a regular occurrence in our house but my daughter’s headstrong attitude to do everything herself (to be expected but equally frustrating) often leads to a tense morning and that’s before I even think about the mess!
So the idea of sipping a hot barista coffee whilst my first-born paints in harmony was a chance to be taken.
Craft Owls is a family run business and owner Julian made us feel very welcome. I picked a quiet time – Wednesday lunch time – and we had the studio virtually to ourselves.
The studio is colourful and cosy with an array of creations on every wall.
To the far side of the studio stacking shelves provide an opportunity to purchase pots for painting.
My daughter’s love of unicorns motivated her choice but there were plenty of other animal creatures to choose from.
There are also some tiles mugs and bowls for the more creative.
All the items are individually priced in size order from around a few pounds for the smallest.
It’s a good idea to have a budget in mind before unleashing your little ones to the pots as some of them are on the pricey side with money boxes from £20.
Tables were well organised with small pots of paint in a variety of pastel colours and brushes. Children’s aprons were are also available.
The studio also has highchairs and baby changing.
My daughter took straight to task and enjoyed pouring the paint out as much, if not more so than painting her unicorn.
Pottery painting is great for kids, easier to master, and require less of a time commitment than their squishier counterparts.
Plus, it has been found to assist child development, helping children to develop fine motor skills, problem-solving skills, imagination, initiative, and curiosity (among other benefits).
All of which makes pottery classes a good idea for many kids.
They also provide a more family-friendly experience if you’re just looking for an afternoon of family time or an activity to beat the winter blues.
It’s great to have a messy and creative afternoon out and not have to worry about gathering all of the supplies and then wiping paint off the table or the floor!
It’s on the pricey side as for us it only filled around 40 minutes but next time I’d take some friends and have a coffee and cake, to make it last a bit longer.
Julian says they are also looking to reintroduce their pre-school classes which involve a story and painting on theme, which would be a great idea.
They are also running a variety of classes during the holidays.
Mondays; 10 12pm & 1-3pm Art Classes only
Tuesday- Friday 9.30am -2.45pm & 3.30pm – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm (advance bookings only)
*Mumbler was not paid for this review. All of the comments in this review are our open and honest opinion. Details correct at time of publishing; June 2019.
Pop some fizz, sparkle and boom into the kids’ Bonfire night crafting with these easy and effective ideas!
· Chocolate Sparklers
Dip the tip of a chocolate finger into hot water (careful with little ones) then into a bowl of sprinkles. Popping candy makes them extra delicious!
· Fireworks in a Jar
Clean a glass jar and fill it 3/4 of the way up with warm water. Pour four tablespoons of oil into a bowl and add a few drops of food colouring (about four drops for each colour). Mix the oil and colours together, then slowly pour the mixture into the jar and watch what happens!
· Fireworks Rings
Gather some tinsel pipe cleaners and cut them in half. Gather five halves, fold them in half again, wrap around your child’s finger to make a ring shape then use the sixth half to secure the circle. Bend the ends to look like a bursting firework, making sure the ends don’t poke into the child’s finger.
· Firework Buns or Cookies
Bake buns or cookies from your favourite recipe, then let them cool. Mix some icing (or use store-bought tubes), divide into bowls and add food colouring. Splatter them onto the sweet treats and use the backs of spoons or cocktail sticks (careful!) to drag them into exploding shapes.
· Toilet Roll Firework Painting
Save a few loo rolls then using scissors, cut lots of slits into one end and splay the cardboard out. Dip the cut ends into a few bowls of paint and splodge onto paper!
· Rocket on a Stick!
Gather some ice lolly sticks and cut out some rocket shapes. Let the children colour them, stick things onto them and make flames with tissue paper, ribbons or pipe cleaners. Stick them onto the lolly stick and they’re ready to fly!
· Nature Bonfire Pictures
Collect some beautiful autumn leaves and sticks during a walk with the kids. Gather some paper and glue, then stick some twigs to the paper in a bonfire shape, and use leaves to make flames. Add some pom poms for fireworks if you want some sparkle.
The Potters Den is a wonderful ceramics studio to visit as a family, there is even a coffee bar, making your visit all the more worthwhile! You can even paint alfresco in the summer, soaking in some rays whilst painting your latest masterpiece.
9 Norridge Bottom
Tel: 07984 996 479