Introducing art to your young child has numerous benefits. Connecting the development of social and emotional skills, art helps children with future learning. As a parent or caregiver, you want to encourage your child to explore the world. Setting the foundation for continuous hands-on learning, art themed activities encourage self-esteem, inspiration, and creativity.
Create an Art Area
From painters to storytellers, art covers a wide range of materials. Encourage art exploration by setting up an area to allow your young child to discover and enjoy without too many restrictions. Consider the following list; keep in mind, materials can vary by age group.
- Construction paper
- Drawing or plain paper
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Paintbrushes, sponges, and other paint applicators
- Paper towel tubes
- Child safety scissors
- Paper plates
- Collage materials including pasta, magazine pictures, yarn
The materials for creating art are endless. As your child develops specific interests, you will be able to add and subtract different art materials to continue the learning process.
Paint Pet Rocks
One of the most simple art activities is rock painting. Begin by allowing your child to pick out the perfect rock. Along with paint, provide your child with googly eyes, pipe cleaners, feathers, and other texture materials. Creating a pet or creature out of a rock promotes imagination and creativity. Allow your child to tell the story of the creature.
Introduce Art with Picture Books
Children have a natural curiosity to learn and explore. Books allow for quiet time. Introducing art through picture books helps increase interest by developing your child’s imagination. Previewing different artwork prior to engaging in an activity may enhance your child’s creative process.
Provide your child a chance to create a three-dimensional art project. Introduce your child to air dry sculpting clay. Use different age appropriate stamping, rolling, or cutting utensils to allow your child to form a one of a kind piece of artwork. After the art project dries, allow your child the chance to continue the creative process through painting the sculpture.
Mixing different colors provides your child with the opportunity to learn about the vast colors in the art world. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to try different painting materials.
- Paint: Placing different colors of paint on a large sheet of paper allows your child a chance to blend and mix colors.
- Paint with Pudding: Use different colors of pudding or mix colors with vanilla pudding. Painting with pudding is perfect for younger children.
- Paint with Water Droppers: Provide your child with different colors of water in small containers or a muffin pan. Using water droppers allow your child to drop the mixture onto coffee filters.
As your child engages in the different art activities, do not forget to ask open-ended questions. Encouraging your child to tell the story of the art creation promotes vocabulary and verbal skills. Consider writing out the story or explanation of the art activity for a future keepsake.
In Milpitas, CA, Day Star Montessori School incorporates art and creativity into its Montessori approach through hands-on learning. Our teachers encourage students to explore on their own and develop interests specific to each child. Contact us today to see the Montessori difference first hand.