Early Years Workshops with Eilis O’Toole

Sensory play enhances learning through hands-on activities that stimulate the child’s senses. This is a great way for young children to explore the world they live in.

These immersive workshops will provide an opportunity for creative exploration of their world by playing with various homemade sensory materials, natural materials and art materials. These are messy, fun, creative and social workshops where children and parents/care givers have the opportunity to play and create alongside each other. The sessions will take place over 4 weeks. Both the Cardboard Playground and Exploring Natural Materials could take place outside if the weather allows.

Age Group: 1-5 year old with parents/guardians

Length of Workshops: 1 hour



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  • In-Theatre Seat Separation in place. We will automatically lock the seats surrounding yours once you have booked. Once seated your mask can be removed.


The Cardboard Playground is a space where children and their parents/carers can create their own playground, town, space, etc using cardboard!

A variety of extra materials will be provided to aid them in constructing their space. The playground will grow to throughout the session to become a space full of creativity and imagination.

Time: 10.30 – 11.30

Date: Thur Sept 9th

Age Group: 1-4 year-old with parents/guardians

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Providing a variety of natural materials to explore is an ideal way to encourage curiosity and creative play.

This workshop will provide opportunities for creating:

• small world play

• sculpture and construction

• mark making and printing

• collage

Time: 10.30 – 11.30

Date: Thur Sept 16th

Age Group: 1-4 year-old with parents/guardians




Explore the open ended possibilities of paper!

This explorative workshop will provide a variety of papers – tissue paper, extra-strong cardboard, textured paper, shiny paper newspaper, packaging and colourful wrapping paper etc, to scrunch, tear, cut, stick, build, float, draw, collage….

Time: 10.30 – 11.30

Date: Thur Sept 23rd

Age Group: 1-4 year-old with parents/guardians




This workshop will provide a tactile and sensory experience that inspires their curiosity and creativity. We will be exploring the endless possibilities of both wet and dry messy play.

By providing a variety of both homemade sensory materials and art materials the children will be able to explore and manipulate different textures and materials, such as:

• coloured rice

• homemade sand

• homemade play dough

• paint

• charcoal/pastels

Time: 10.30 – 11.30

Date: Thur Sept 30th

Age Group: 1-4 year-old with parents/guardians