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 Week of the Young Child: Artsy Thursday

4/16/2020 12:00 AM

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) first established the Week of the Young Child in 1971 to recognize that the early childhood years (birth through 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. On Artsy Thursday, we celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials — from crayons to paint, clay to crafts!

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine muscles with open-ended art projects that let them make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. Here are a few suggestions for easy art activities that use materials commonly found at home:

-Create a gallery of pictures of the people in your house. Have your child draw pictures of each family member to be displayed. To extend this activity, have your child tell you what is special about each person. Write down their explanation and post it with the picture.

-Paint the sidewalk. Using a large paint brush, have your child use water to paint pictures on the sidewalk. Discuss how the pictures disappear because the water is evaporating.

-Have your child use materials found around the house (rubber bands, empty toilet paper rolls, scrap paper, string, etc.) and outside (leaves, flowers, grass, etc.) and create a masterpiece by putting the items together. They may want to glue or tape items together to create a structure.

Have fun being creative together!

This blog post is part of a series celebrating the Week of the Young Child. The WOYC is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to focus public attention on early learning, young children, their teachers, families and communities.

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