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, April 05, 2011

More X-Ray Handprints!

I just got back from the California AEYC Conference where I delivered workshops on “Art, Literacy & Brain Development.” The handouts from those workshops are posted here (you'll see them on the right sidebar) for you to view or print out. To prepare for the workshops I taught several literacy based art lessons to a variety of children in classrooms that varied from ages 3-5. It was fun leading children through messy art ideas that had a literacy connection, and once again I included the X-Ray Handprint in some of the lessons. These photographs were taken from a Kindergarten class, and the video clip shows a wonderful close-up of a child doing the final phase of scraper art, which reveals her handprints. Take a look!

So many of the conference attendees were excited to learn about X-Ray Handprints, so I decided to post these new photos here. See my previous post from Tuesday, Dec 14, 2010 for more X-Ray Art ideas, or find the complete lesson plan on page 44 in Smart Art 2 (MOREART).

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At 3:42 AM, Blogger BURUNDANGUITAS CS said...

Hi, I am dalyse, a stayathomemom of a 4yo girl. I like to make home activities for my girl, including arts. This summer we attend an art event of a panamanian artis name Olga Sinclair, and my lil girl love it. Since then, I keep looking for ideas and stuff because now she is open to look thru her art eyes.
I added yr pages to my favorites, so i will be around in a frequent basis.
come and visit my blog at where I have posted some of our art / crafts activities.
rgds. dalysE

At 12:52 AM, Blogger สิงโต นําชัย said...

the workshops is so good.
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