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Artsy Thursday

April 11, 2019

Alaska, Education,

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.

Try this.

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.

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Want to show off what your children created today? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #woyc19.

Early educators, take advantage of a free Penn State Better Kid Care distance education module this month! Now through April 26, 2019, the module "Online Learning: Best Practices to Maximize Professional Development" is free of charge. Learn more at