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An activity that is truly artistic and genuinely creative requires little adult assistance. As long as adults provide the freedom and the proper materials, children can create art on their own. This means that the children decide upon the idea and then find ways to create their idea using available materials. Can you imagine how exciting this process is for a young child? And imagine how fun this process is to watch!
Providing some simple and inspiring materials will encourage your child to turn off the TV and turn on her/his creativity. Here are some examples:
Children are, of course, very familiar with crayons. However, crayons of different sizes or shapes are very intriguing to a young child. By using some of the old crayons you have around the house, you can create a variation on the simple and versatile crayon.
Try this Crayon Recipe:
Modeling dough is one of the most versatile materials for young children. It provides a means of creative expression, a deep sensory experience, as well as an opportunity for development of hand muscles.
To make modeling dough at home, try this simple recipe:
Mix ingredients in saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until dough leaves sides of pan. Remove and knead for a few minutes.