How to Encourage Art Appreciation
Help your child harness and refine his creative energies!
We start when our children are just learning to speak. “What color is that car? What color is the wall? Do you see something green? Is that a circle or a square?” We see colors and shapes in everything and kids love to point them out.
How about the older kids? Do they see a hexagon, octagon, or dodecagon? Keep a big drawer or cabinet full of art supplies. Let your kids’ creativity flow with sidewalk chalk, finger paints, coloring books, or blank papers. Give them glue, stickers, clay, and Popsicle sticks. Bake cookies together and let them decorate the cookies and take them to their friends.
Then. after they help you clean up, take them to a museum of art or to a local kids’ theater for a play or musical. Your child will learn something and cultivate an appreciation of the fine arts. They also get to learn how to be patient and behave appropriately in those types of venues.
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