We’re celebrating the Week of the Young Child (WOYC) and today’s theme—Artsy Thursday—is all about children getting creative.
The best kinds of arts projects for young children are open-ended ones, where there is no pre-determined final product. The joy of open-ended art is in the process, not the product. Open-ended art allows children to make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. Art also helps children develop fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, social skills, and problem solving skills.
Provide young children with a variety of art materials such as paper, clay, crayons, paint, glue, string, or dry pasta. Let them decide which materials to work with and what they will create. Or try making a collage with items found outside, such as twigs, leaves, pinecones, or rocks. Displaying your child’s artwork helps them feel valued and proud of their accomplishment.
Head over to NAEYC.org for more Week of the Young Child Resources.