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What to expect in a Dwylo Bach session

Dwylo Bach workshops are artist led sessions offering babies and toddlers “Invitations to Play”
Rather than traditional toys we have “open ended – loose parts”

We bring things like cardboard tubes, baskets, boxes wooden curtain rings, string, bobbins, feathers and hoops, as well as paint and play dough.
There is no right way to play and we encourage babies and their care givers to explore the sensory materials and spaces we create – together.

The sessions are completely baby led with no group activities.

We use child friendly paint and encourage you and your babies to wear old clothes and bring spares as things can get messy!

The play dough is handmade from plain flour and salt, cream of tartar, water and vegetable oil and sometimes we add a child friendly water colour paint and a few drops of essential oil.

If you or your child have any allergies or you are worried about anything, please talk to us and we will do our best to help.

There will always be 2 artists present to play, chat and make sure everyone is happy.
And we tidy up at the end so you don’t have to!!

You can download this bilingual information here Gwybodaeth Dwylo Bach

If you would like to find out more or book a session at your early years setting please get in touch

Dwylo Bach/ Little Hands – A creative and engaging programme of activities for early years children.

Dwylo Bach/ Little Hands are sensory exploration workshops for babies and toddlers. Developed to link to specific exhibitions with “invitations to play”, they have been successfully developed in partnership with Ruthin Craft Centre over the last 3 years. We are now  delivering this model to other cultural venues across North Wales.

Creative Training for Early Years Practitioners

We ran our first creative training workshop for Artists and Early Years Practitioners in September 2023

Led by Dwylo Bach Artist Ticky Lowe and Dance Artist & Early Years Spe-

cialist Angharad Harrop.

Exploring creative approaches to early learning and development In-

spired by Mostyn gallery exhibitions

If you are interested in running a training day for your early years staff please get in touch


Funding thanks to Clocaenog Forest Windfarms

Book on to one of our sessions





Pengwern Community Centre in Llangollen

Second Friday of every month at Pengwern community Centre to book your free place e mail or call 01490 266004

Book Here


Conwy Culture Centre

First Friday of each month at Conwy Culture Centre from 10 to 11.30am

Book Here


Dwylo Bach in Llanrwst

For now these sessions have sadly come to an end

The free sessions ran mothly from April to September at Glasdir and Llanrwst family centre led by artist Eleri Jones

The sessions were extremely well attended and the feedback from parents has been very positive.

Watch this space!

We hope to be able to bring you more Dwylo Bach sessions in Llanrwst soon!

Made Possible thanks to funding from Clocaenog Forest Wind Farms

Watch our films above!

For Dwylo Bach/Little Hands workshops in your area join our newsletter as we are hoping to add new venues next year!

Providing an opportunity for families with young children to access and engage with high quality arts in cultural venues within their locality. We also want this programme to reach young families living in rural areas, widening our reach and offering educational and creative activities to areas who don’t have a cultural institution on their doorstep and would perhaps not engage in these activities due to where they live. In order not to exclude rural communities we will also deliver as an outreach programme; several Dwylo Bach sessions will take place in their local community centres, ‘bringing high quality arts to them’ – with the aim of reducing social isolation and enhancing wellbeing through the creative arts.

Our Dwylo Bach/ Little Hands sessions are jam-packed with joyful learning and designed for little artists to explore their inner creativity, be curious and MAKE! Creating environments and activities inspired by our creative partners exhibition programmes, which are sensory and playful for all the family to enjoy.

Engaging younger audiences

The programme focuses on early years engagement, learning and responses to contemporary art and craft within a creative and inspiring setting (art galleries); creating a sense of belonging for children and their families in cultural institutions and within the wider community.  We are keen for young families to develop confidence in our North Wales cultural venues, as a safe and engaging space for young children to feel inspired, explore and discover the arts.

Our hands-on activities are influenced by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia methodology and The Curiosity Approach.

Reggio Emilia Approach® is an educational philosophy based on the image of a child with strong potentialities for development and a subject with rights, who learns through the hundred languages belonging to all human beings, and grows in relations with others.


The Curiosity Approach® is a modern-day approach to Early Childhood. Lyndsey Hellyn & Stephanie Bennett are the co-founders of The Curiosity Approach. With over 50 years teaching and leadership experience in Early Childhood


Ticky Lowe