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, June 10, 2008

3-D Art

Long Beach Day Nursery has many creative art ideas for early childhood classrooms that I could hardly decide which one to share with you first.

This 3-D Art Display was my favorite because it takes an important developmental skill (special relations development) and makes it easy, affordable, and fun for children of all ages and ability levels to exercise visual thinking skills. Plus the end results look great!

Simply take strips of colored construction paper and apply Tacky Glue with craft sticks to each end, then press down on both ends to create dimension. This idea makes a unique bulletin board for classrooms and hallways, as the colored paper loops "pop out" to draw in curious viewers.

Thanks to Amy Bigelow, Program Director at Long Beach Day Nursery in Long Beach, California, for sharing many creative ideas from her talented teachers. More to come, soon!

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