baby + toddler Saturday Valentine party! (Feb 9th afternoon)


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For this special Valentine’s party for our youngest friends + their grown-ups, we will paint little red hearts, play with giant clay hearts and engage in other Valentine themed fun! Each participant will go home with some super sweet little items to keep experimenting at home! We’ll have yummy warm tea for the grown-ups too.

Who: This Valentines workshop is for babies through 36 months, give or take. We want you to feel welcome! Sometimes it’s fun with babies to watch the older children, and just sit on the carpet and take in the sweetness.

Teachers are Christina B and Corinna Marshall.  Our toddler and baby teachers are seasoned, caring caregivers and teachers, with varied and thoughtful backgrounds/studies in Waldorf, Neufeld Institute, Reggio Emilia and more.

Cost: $15 per workshop includes materials! Please let us know if you need sliding scale to attend, so we can support you. And if you can chip in extra to help another child attend and to support our programs, please do and we thank you in advance.

Where: Love Lab Studio, 26 Brackett Street, Portland, Maine

When: 2 – 3 pm***, Saturday, February 9th
Pre-sign to reserve your spot!

Some little details…
For the workshop, we recommend that parents please bring a second set of clothing. We will have towels, but bringing your own may be a good idea too (just incase!). Please bring a cozy pair of slippers if you have them (socks are OK too!) to wear in our studio. With studio materials, it’s always a good idea to bring a 2nd set of clothing (especially for babies + toddlers!). Prior to starting class, each student/grown-up must sign in studio and return our student info sheet packet (includes media form, release form, and other important info). Please reach out with any questions to

Things we think about…
“Children should be able to do their own experimenting and their own research. Teachers, of course, can guide them by providing appropriate materials, but the essential thing is that in order for a child to understand something, he must construct it himself, he must re-invent it.”  – Jean Paiget

In the studio, we treat babies and toddlers, all the children –  as creative scientists. What tremendous focus they have!  They can be so intent on using all their senses to explore and relate to every new material and object that they are close to. Cloth, stone, leaf, soap bar, sock, paper, clay…how many different ways to play, pair, connect, interact, and relate and CREATE! We strive for an experimental experience for young children. 

In order for this freedom for the babies in the lab, consider these ideas! 
* Allow your child to make messes and do things “wrong.” It’s okay if you child does things differently than the other children, invents a different way to use the art material, (like uses crayons as a musical instrument!).
* If you are concerned that your child is doing something unsafe, say “oops, that’s not safe, so I’m going to hold that now”. We are happy to reassure you too. 
* Allow you child the freedom to “find” the materials in their own way.  Catch yourself before you show or instruct, smile and take a breath instead. Your baby may spend long, long, long minutes with something “off topic” and that’s ok!

* Sometimes sharing an experience, like the texture in your fingers of sudsy warm wool felt, or slippery cool clay, or being deeply focused on the application of crayon, chalk, paint on paper…is even more connecting and loving and heartfelt than talking about it! We encourage watching! 

Sharing more love…
We will be collecting additional hearts and Valentines in the studio all week, to deliver to St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation & Residence, to share our love with our greater community.