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.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Paper Quilt Bulletin Board

Paper Quilt Isn't this a great idea for an easy paper quilt? I was so impressed when I saw this colorful display at the Lennox School District in Los Angeles. You could adapt it to a preschool classroom quilt, an afterschool club quilt, a mommy and me group or use this same concept for any group at all.

Paper QuiltSimply cut out paper squares, outline the diagonal quilt square lines with a pencil, have participants design their square using markers, oil pastels, or colored pencils. The little white ribbon bows makes it look like a real quilt, since fabric quilts traditionally included little bows like these. Mount on black paper with staples.

Many thanks to the staff at Lennox School District for their inspiration.

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