Does hearing the names of famous picture book illustrators make you hop up and run to the bookshelf to find a treasured storybook to read? People like Leo Lionni (Swimmy), Eric Carle (Very Hungry Caterpillar),Ian Falconer (Olivia), Lois Ehlert (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom), Clement Hurd (Goodnight Moon), Ezra Jack Keats (The Snowy Day), Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), to name just a few. What these creative people have given to children through their classic storybooks is more than stories to love — it's an everlasting open door to creativity and imagination. What a gift!
A short article about creativity and art in the home:
This past summer your child may have had the opportunity to participate in a camp that was full of art and music activities. While summer is a great time for enhancing your child's creative experiences, art is an important and fun activity for parents to engage their child in all year round.
Barnes and Noble invited me to participate on their Children’s Advisory Board, which might be kinda cool!! Apparently I will help provide advice, content, and product suggestions directly to BN.com . I will hold on to my fervent goal that I will impact bringing only good things to children.
I found this article at parentmap.com with information from the Tacoma Children's Museum. It offers some solid philosophy about why art is important for children.
To quote: "Little artists, even those younger than two, develop problem-solving skills and open up avenues for self-expression as they experiment. Art also builds hand-eye coordination and helps them gain fine-muscle control that will help them later with handwriting." The entire article is available at the parentmap.com blog.
Enjoy this easy and delightfully fragrantScented Playdough,
courtesy of Children's Museum of Tacoma:
Materials: 3 1/2 cups of flour 3 packets unsweetened powdered drink mix 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 cup salt 2 cups very hot water
Food coloring Instructions: 1. Mix dry ingredients together; add water and oil. Mixture will be sticky. 2. If more color is desired, add the same hue of food coloring. 3. Turn out onto a smooth surface sprinkled with flour. Knead and add more flour slowly until the right consistency has been reached. 4. Sculpt and create with fragrant dough. Keep the dough in an airtight container.
Read this interview with MaryAnn about summer fun!
Summer is a great time to enhance your child’s art education experience, but art is an important and fun activity that parents should engage their children in all year round. MaryAnn Kohl, author of over 20 art books for teachers and children including “Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff”, discusses why art is an important part of children’s lives and gives some suggestions on how to share art with your child.