So what event do you host on a cold and blustery January after a hectic Christmas? A relaxing and sensory painting party of course! It was a few hours of painting fun where families and children had a chance to wind down and decorate a pot ranging from plant pots to princesses, planes, cats and plates. The children had about a dozen pottery types to choose from so everyone hopefully got something they liked!
The pottery painting was run by a small and local business, The Little Biscuit, which is based in Morley. The owners, Allison and Gillian started their journey 2015 when we ventured into the world of mobile pottery painting after a brief chat on the rugby pitch watching their boys play rugby and moaning about their boring 9-5 jobs. Their popularity grew during lockdown and they now have their very own little shop where you can also grab a cup of coffee and a slice of cake while you paint.
We had approximately 40 children attending this painting session so, and the ladies were great, as they wandered around the tables supporting, guiding and suggesting ideas.
Due to numbers, we were unable to host this event in The Little Biscuit’s Pottery shop so we asked Leeds Mencap if they could accomodate us. This venue is perfect as it is fully accessible with ramps and a Changing Place should it also be needed. There was a kitchen for us to use and plenty of space to allow us to spread out the tables.
And because we know that life is chaotic enough for our families, Little Hiccups made good use of the kitchen and sure there were refreshments and snacks available for all as well.
We also got a couple of enquiries about our Little Hiccups Travel Mugs. So if you are interested in these, you can purchase online here.
What the families say:
“Thanks for a wonderful afternoon. Was so nice to be together and make new friends. We are very excited to see our finished plant pot”
“Thank you for a lovely calming event. We’ve had a difficult week. Both boys struggle with change. O especially has found January difficult. Today we didn’t know if boys could do it. Especially O. But this has been a good day. And a good way to start another week. We really needed this. Thank you for organising this. What a great day. Please consider another one of these events. Thank you”
“Really great – thank you”
The Little Biscuit Pottery Shop: https://www.littlebiscuitpottery.co.uk/
Leeds Mencap: https://www.leedsmencap.org.uk