Bring out your children’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids’ art activities from the creator of www.ArtfulParent.com. Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children’s creativity through art. You’ll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids’ art activities to soften everyday transitions. The more than sixty engaging kids’ arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they’re a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids’ art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtimes, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.
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Help your children leave their creative mark on the world with Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids! This treasure trove of drawing and crafts projects features Sharpie markers, an incredible versatile art tool with rich color and bold lines that bring out the best in kids' creations. Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids includes an overview of different types of markers, the surfaces you can create on, essential tips and techniques, and features 30 all-new fun and inspired projects that let kids create their own art and craft masterpieces with minimal supervision. Each project features step-by-step instructions supported by detailed photos to make following along easy. You'll also find ideas for working with classrooms and groups, full-sized templates, and instructions for how adults can help. Let your imagination leave its mark!
Packed with fun, edifying, and joyful art experiences, Play, Make, Create is filled with simple, yet powerful, "art invitations" that are focused on the making and doing, not just the final projects. Founded in a process-based philosophy, this unique book includes over 40 activities set up as invitations—carefully designed prompts or provocations to play or make something. Author Meri Cherry has over 20 years of teaching experience, and her blog www.mericherry.com has set the standard for meaningful and enriching process art experiences that are both manageable for moms, and engaging and fun for kids. Play, Make, Create begins with an in-depth guide for parents, teachers, and facilitators that shares all the details—how to set up materials in an inviting way, how to present the activity and talk to kids about art, and how to stock your cabinets with the right materials for ongoing creativity, plus best-practice tips for clean up, trouble shooting, and more. Within the book, parents will find four types of creative invitations. Invitations to Explore are process-based, open-ended activities that are set up for ongoing play and discovery. Invitations to Create inspire children to make something. By exploring, playing, and discovering what the materials offer, children will create exciting projects such as salt paintings, a mini book, a shadow box, puppets, nature crafts, clay sculptures and more, each with completely individual results. Invitations to Play are sensory-based activities such as making doughs, slime, moving toys, and more. Lastly, there are Invitations to Collaborate. These are fun group projects, perfect for playdates, families, classrooms, and parties. As children explore the activities in Play, Make, Create, they are engaged in active, meaningful, and socially interactive learning. Children are encouraged to wonder, to experiment, and to use critical thinking—and most of all, enjoy the process. By following their own inclinations and making their own choices, children gain self-confidence and hone their problem solving skills. GetPlay, Make, Create and give your children the gift of creativity. These activities wake up kids' brains and get them busy doing things. The tactile, colorful, and engaging materials also offer a way to decompress and relax, as well as build fine motor and critical thinking skills. Giving your children these creative play opportunities is a way to say "I love you. I thought about you. You are important to me. Your ideas are important to me."
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The tips for raising kids in Artful Parenting are for use by parents who . . . • want to have happy, well-adjusted kids. • desire to raise their children in a more positive and nurturing environment than they may have experienced in their own childhood. • want to be in charge of their children in a responsible and loving way and not have their kids be in charge of them. • want to teach their children to have respect for themselves and others. • want to have a handle on giving their children choices. • believe in disciplining children and don’t want to hit or beat them. • want their kids to be truthful with them. • want to start right with their kids instead of wishing they’d done it differently after raising maladjusted little terrors.
Establish cooperative relationships with all parents—even the most difficult ones—by using the author's proven communication strategies, supported by sample forms, letters, scenarios, and vignettes.