Starcatchers and the National Galleries of Scotland worked together on two new pilot projects aimed at exploring different ways of engaging with nursery children as well as parents and carers. As a result, two pilot programmes emerged in 2015/16: Wee Wanders and Toddle Tours.

In Spring 2016 we offered 8 Toddle Tour sessions between the National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art (MOD1) which included creative play activities designed for children aged 2-5 to enjoy with their adult.

Activities included messy play, outdoor sculpture building, mud painting and unstructured play in a range of locations around the galleries. The children had a chance to explore different open-ended materials as well as the opportunity to engage with various pieces of art-work displayed. The pilot aimed to introduce young children to new positive experiences of the National Galleries of Scotland, and the chance to create special memories with their grown-ups inspired by the works of art.


“The lovely environments created each week encouraged creative play and role-play as well as time to engage in the visual arts activity itself.”

“The quiet attention given by the leaders that was so respectful of and interested in my child.”

“I liked the space to be creative myself and be a maker alongside my child, rather than just enabling his experience.”