Art plays an important role in young children’s lives. It gives them opportunities to experiment creatively with color, line, shape, design, size and texture.
Art is a way for children to:
- express themselves
- learn through trial and error; and
- create something that is uniquely their own
They develop fine motor skills experimenting with crayons, chalk, markers and different sized brushes. They learn about making choices when choosing colors and they learn about cause and effect when mixing colors. Working with art materials is very exciting for young children and can help develop confidence and self- awareness.
For a child, it is not the product that is most important but the process. When exploring art with children here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Avoid drawing for children.
- Express interest in children’s art but don’t praise every piece.
- Quality of materials are important.
For more detail about "things to keep in mind" click here!
Books about Children and Art
Rapunzel's Supermarket: All about Young Children and Their Art
First Art : Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos
The Art of Teaching Art to Children: In School and at Home
Understanding Children's Drawings
The Language of Art: Reggio-Inspired Studio Practices in Early Childhood Settings
The Creative Arts: A Process Approach for Teachers and Children (5th Edition)
In The Spirit Of The Studio: Learning From The Atelier Of Reggio Emilia (Early Childhood Education)