Art and Creativity

Art is important for children especially during their early development. Research shows that art activities develop brain capacity in early childhood; in other words, art is good brain food! Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and develops cognitive, social-emotional and multi-sensory skills. As children progress into elementary school and beyond, art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, mastery, self esteem and creativity.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Valentine's Day Art at Para Los Ninos

Not only kids make art on special occasions, grown-ups do too!

Happy Valentine's Day! Here's what happened when site directors from Para Los Ninos, a large childcare agency in Los Angeles, got together for staff development February 14th - we made valentines!

Site Directors experimented with new paints they had recently purchased, so they could show their staff how to use them. Even Maria, who claimed, "I’m terrible at art!" had a great time once she got her hands into the paint. Everyone agreed that many people are intimidated by art if they can’t draw – so "abstract art" is the way to go!


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