Mum gets creative with new business

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AN ENTERPRISING mother is hoping to make a big splash with her new art classes for under-fives.

After growing frustrated at the lack of opportunities for her children to show creative flair, Amanda Wigzell decided to set up her own business.

“I have always enjoyed taking my children to various clubs, including yoga, gymnastics and music groups,” said the experienced primary school teacher.

“However, I was disappointed in the lack of opportunities for them to get creative and messy, so I thought if no-one else is doing it, why don’t I?”

Mrs Wigzell drew upon her 12 years’ experience as a teacher in Suffolk, including six years at Abbots Green Primary on Moreton Hall, to set up her own art, craft and messy play session for children under-five.

The art specialist launched her business Little Squigglers with a free session at Risby Village Hall in September and, buoyed by its success, increased the classes to four a week, including two at Great Barton Village Hall.

In the classes, children get the opportunity to explore goo, gloop and gunge, create works of art and enjoy being creative with their parents.

Mrs Wigzell said: “The children love getting messy and making works of art they can be proud of, while the parents love sharing this quality time with their children – with the added bonus of having someone else to clear up the mess.”

The mother-of-two has now decided to leave her part-time teaching post and dedicate herself full-time to her new business, allowing Little Squigglers to hold eight classes a week after Easter, with Moreton Hall Community Centre added to its list of venues.

It will be also running after school and holiday clubs for children aged five to 12.

For more details, call Mrs Wigzell on 07530 447006, email or visit