Your preschooler is having a blast finger-painting with a mix of colors. Trying to be encouraging, you ask her, "What are you making?" and she shrugs. Until you mentioned it, she hadn't given it any thought. Little kids are masters of the moment...read full article
Washington, DC—In their first years, children experience rapid and important emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. What role do the arts play in early childhood development? A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts looks at research on how the arts affect young children from birth to age eight. The news is good, but several research questions remain, according to this literature review. Read Full story...
Rothko used simple shapes : squares and rectangles. Some were big and some were small and some were super skinny! Here is how to create a Rothko style artwork.
Every child is special. Every doodle they create is unique and shows the freedom they experience when young. Their first artwork, a line or a curve is their first expression, their signature. How many of us parents honestly take the effort and time to understand and treasure these masterpieces, or even share with our friends and family?
Children are in their purest minds while they run these lines of imagination!As parents and teachers, we need to provide them the time and tools that help them broaden their circle of imagination, in other words; to become Creative!
“Creativity comes with less rules at home or school, where children are encouraged to think for themselves.” says Harvard psychologist Teresa Amabile.
Creativity in musicians, artists, architects, athletes, even doctors bring joy and wonder to their work as they enjoy doing it and are not told to do so! By letting them learn few things on their own and not by the book/other people's perspectives, brings out the creative side of a child that goes into adulthood helping him/her to lead a healthier and happier life. This creative thought process is your child's own genuine and unique approach to life!
A good read for all parents who want their children to be creative:
How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off!
Next month's topic: “Importance of Shapes”
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Summer is usually kids' favorite time of year -- but not so for parents and nannies. It can be tricky finding activities to keep your little ones occupied during this time off from school. Other than days by the pool or trips to the beach, what can you do to bring some excitement into the seemingly endless dog days of summer?
The answer: crafts!
Here at 62 great kids-friendly craft ideas that inexpensive, easy, great for all age groups and perfect to do indoors or out in the summer sun.