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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Stages of Scribble

What a great way to display developmental stages of art - made by children from the Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach! Directors at this innovative early childhood program asked staff to collect children’s art from a variety of ages. They compiled results as pictured here and framed their display in the Early Childhood Office for parents to admire and learn.

Generally scribbling stages help children realize that that there is a connection between motions and marks being made. This discovery leads to control over marks being made, encouraging children to think in imaginative terms and eventually viewing scribbles as a method of communication.

For more information on the developmental stages of art, search "Stages of Scribble" on the internet, or refer to books written by Rhoda Kellogg or Victor Lowenfeld.


At 5:41 PM, Blogger minivanowner said...

I love this idea not only as an educator but also as a parent. It is wonderful to see how much children grow in a distinct way.

At 4:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the idea too

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