Posted by melissa.t on August 8, 2012
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As soon as your child can hold a crayon, he or she becomes an artist, drawing pictures that look like scribbles or raindrops or galloping herds of horses.
Help young children learn to draw.
- Show how to make lines squiggly or thick, soft or heavy.
- Show how to decide what is most important to draw and what are details for later or to skip.
- Model going back to a drawing and adding on or improving it.
- Use drawings to spark conversation and learning.
- Show how different art supplies can be used.
Developmentally, kids progress from scribbles to representing forms to detailed realism. See the chart of developmental stages of art.
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I’m a big believer in modeling, in other words, doing what you want your child to do to show him. So, sit down and start drawing. Then, invite your child to draw next to you suggesting that he picks something else to draw than you.
Keep art supplies handy and accessible so you can find your artist moments throughout the day!
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What are your favorite art supplies? What does your child love to draw?
Posted by melissa.t on June 15, 2012
We discovered making flower petal stained glass art, a beautiful artful craft on the Artful Parent. It’s easy to make and all ages will love it!
clear contact paper
Gather your flower petals. Pre-plan your flower arrangement on a flat surface.
Then, arrange on the sticky side of clear contact paper. Cover with another piece of clear contact paper to seal.
Now you’re ready to hang your stained glass art!
Isn’t it pretty?
Posted by melissa.t on April 20, 2012
Kids thrive when they have easy access to art supplies that are age-appropriate for them to use independently. So, what are the basic, essential art supplies? And, how can art supplies be organized?
toilet paper rolls
What other essentials do you have?
Mommy’s Idea Book blog has another list of essential art supplies for kids as does Kids Craft Weekly.
Art Supply Storage and Organization
Art supplies in a shoe organizer.
DIY art supplies turntable
Art supplies in glass jars.
Art supplies a magnetic tote. (Family Fun)
How do you organize your art supplies?